[Greek text:] Aischylou Oresteia.

  • Aeschylus
  • [London]: [Colophon:] Published by Emery Walker, Sydney Carlyle Cockerell and Alfred William Pollard 1904


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FIRST EDITION THUS, ONE OF 225 COPIES, 4to, pp. 194, [2]. Printed in black and red throughout by Charles Whittingham and Co. at the Chiswick Press. Contemporary green morocco by Maclehose of Glasgow, boards bordered with gilt rules and a toothed roll enclosing a gilt-ruled frame and central lozenge, spine divided by raised bands, second compartment gilt-lettered direct in Greek characters, other compartments with central tools and cornerpieces all gilt, green morocco hinges and turn-ins, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. A couple of tiny spots. Spine sunned, a touch of light rubbing to joints.


A finely-bound example of the first book printed in Robert Proctor's unique 'Otter' type, inspired by the Greek typeface used for the Complutensian polyglot Bible of 1514. Radically different from most previous Greek typefaces - geometrically rounded and evenly weighted instead of calligraphic - it saw relatively little use, having been cut in just one (large) size suitable only for fine press work. This was its first proper outing, seen through the press by Proctor's friends following his mysterious disappearance (a possible suicide) while walking in the Alps in 1903. Afterwards the types went to the Oxford University Press where they produced similarly limited and beautiful editions of the Odyssey and the Four Gospels.
This copy has been elaborately bound in a style reminiscent of the turn of the 19th century - particularly the work of Henry Walther - by Maclehose, the fine bindery attached to the Glasgow publisher and bookseller. The Maclehose bindery opened in 1862 because James Maclehose could not get work done to his satisfaction and by the 1890s, shortly after the founder's death, it was known for its high-quality work for private customers. This binding will post-date the firm's 1904 move to new bespoke premises in Anniesland, where it continued to thrive until overextending into liquidation in 1982.

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