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Ὁμήρου Ἰλιάς [books Α-Θ]. Homeri Ilias — Paris 1547

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Ὁμήρου Ἰλιάς [books Α-Η]. Homeri Ilias. — Parisiis In aedibus Michaeli Vascosani … M. D. XLVII.

Paris, Michel de Vascosan, 1547

8vo (155 x 100 mm). A-D8 E4 F-P8 Q4: 123 ( i.e. 120) leaves. Contemporary vellum; two braided leather buttons and two leather leather loops present – preserved buttons like this on a vellum binding are rare.

ustc 149841 shows one copy only: Bibl. Naz. Roma. A second copy is at Poitiers, Univ. Library. Not in Adams, Hoffmann etc. Copies shown in WorldCat refer to Sessa’s edition, Venice 1547.

Without a doubt the rarest of all early printed editions of the Iliad in Greek. From 1530 to 1577 Vascosan, Badius‘ son-in-law, published some 700 books. Nearly 30 of these are printed in Greek, starting with a Thomas Magister in 1532 using Badius‘ type, ending with a Sophocles in 1558 (this is the last one shown by USTC as printed in Greek; I think it’s a translation into Latin and the correct date is 1557, see Adams S-1452); the Tryphiodorus of 1557 seems to be his last book printed in Greek. From then on, Vascosan did not print books in Greek until the end of his activity in 1577. Nearly all of his Greek books are surprisingly rare, four or five even lost. The BnF catalogue shows ten only of Vascosan’s Greek editions but not his Iliad.

The Greek type is cut by Antoine Augereau (1485 – hanged and burned on 24th  December 1534). Augereau worked with Henri and Robert Estienne, and was the teacher of Claude Garamont. See Vervliet, Greek typefaces of the Early French Renaissance, 23f. Anne Cuneo wrote a novel on Augereau: Le Maître de Garamond: Antoine Augereau, graveur, imprimeur, éditeur, libraire, 2002. At its e