PALMER, Samuel (1805-1881). An English Version of the Eclogues of Virgil. London: Seeley & Company, 1883.
Folio (311 x 212 mm). Half-title and title printed in red and black, 14 original etchings. (A few leaves with minor marginal dampstain.) Original vellum gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut (a few small tears with loss to vellum of lower cover, some minor staining, covers slightly bowed). Second edition, following the limited large-paper edition of the same year. Samuel Palmer began his translation in 1856; on the advice of publishers, he created etchings to accompany his translation. After his death in 1881, his son, A.H. Palmer, completed the work. The plates comprise an original etching by Palmer, 4 original etchings begun by Palmer and finished by his son, and 8 facsimiles of Palmer's drawings for etchings. The states of some of the plates are as follows: Opening the fold (Lister 13 viii); Homeward Star (Lister 14 ii); Cypress Grove (Lister 15 II); Sepulchre (Lister 16 ii); Moeris and Galatea (Lister 17 ii).
Estimate $ 2,000-3,000
Provenance: John Waller Hills (Eton prize inscription from his tutor).