Ἰλιάς … — Paris 1554
Ὁμήρου Ἰλιάς. Homeri Ilias, id est, De rebus ad Troiam gestis. — Parisiis, M.D.LIIII. Apud Adr. Turnebum typographum Regium.
[Colophon:] Excudebatur Lutetiae Parisiorum M.D.LIII III Cal. Iul.
[Paris, Turnèbe, 29 June 1554]
8vo (168 x 107 mm). α2 A-Z a-l8 m6: (4), 554, (2) pages. A few errors in pagination. Basilisk device of the Royal Greek Printer (first used by Robert Estienne) with the motto below Βασιλεῖ τ᾿ἀγαθῷ κρατερῳ τ᾿αἰχμητῇ.
Marginal waterstaining to first quire, and faint waterstaining on a few leaves towards end. Four old annotations in the margin. Faint small marking of the indentations (see photo). Tiny wormhole in very lower blank margin of pages 463-479.
Contemporary calf, gilt ornamental centrepiece on both covers. Gilt egdes. Some minor restaurations to the binding. Ample margins (type area c. 126 x 54 mm). – Adams H-775; Hoffmann III2 322.
„The first Parisian edition of the Iliad, which scholars of early Greek printed editions have long considered a milestone in Homeric scholarship, and have consequently accorded to Turnèbe the distinction of being the founder of Homeric textual criticism in France …“ (J. Lewis, Adrian Turnèbe … Genève 1998, p. 157f.)