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THE ODES OF HORACE: WILLIAM MORRIS. Facsimile edition. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 2015. Two volumes. Vol. 1 (The Odes of Horace): 186 pp. with 183 col. ills. Vol. 2 (Commentary & Translation): 240 pp. 17 x 12 cm. ISBN 9781851244492 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: William Morris had a lifelong fascination with illuminated books. He collected thirteenth- and fourteenth-century manuscripts and became one of the foremost experts on the art of bookmaking and calligraphy. Aiming to resurrect a tradition that had fallen into abeyance with the invention of printing, he made eighteen illuminated books, using a variety of texts, during the course of his life. One of these, now held in the Bodleian Library, is a handmade edition of the Odes of Horace. The pages of this book, reproduced here in high-quality facsimile, are among the most intricate and ambitious that Morris ever created. Using a Renaissance italic style of calligraphy, he illuminated letters with delicate shades of gold and silver, and adorned them with floral decoration and miniature faces and figures. The openings to each of the four books of the Odes are stunning display pages on which Morris collaborated with the artists Edward Burne-Jones and Charles Fairfax Murray. This facsimile edition is presented in a blind embossed slipcase featuring a detail from one of Burne-Jones' paintings in the book with a companion volume containing an introduction to William Morris's manuscript and an English translation of the Odes.
Artist(s):Morris, William
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73,57,56
Worldwide Number: 168998
Hardcover, boxed $275.00 nota bene: See Comment Above.

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