(London): 1932. Quarto. Unpaginated. One of 530 copies, printed and published by Rogers, Sir Emery Walker, and Wilfred Merton. Illustrated with twenty-six decorations of Homeric figures printed in black on round backgrounds of gold. It was Rogers who, upon reading Seven Pillars of Wisdom, decided that T. E. Lawrence would be an ideal translator for a new edition of the Odyssey, a process that was expected to take two years and ended up taking four. The famous gold roundels—one of the signature features of this edition—were based on Rogers's drawings of figures from Greek vases, each one depicting a scene from Homer's epic. These illustrations famously required seven passes through the press. Even the ink was specially made from an early 19th-century formula, using an oily resinous balsam that resulted in "a depth of black without gloss" in the roundels, as well as lending the book a slightly spicy aroma. A BR30 title, this is one of Rogers's most beautiful books and is, according to Joseph Blumenthal, "indisputably among the most beautiful books ever produced... With only type and paper and ink, with consummate skill, Rogers created a masterpiece." Two small tears to rear free endpaper, else a fine copy housed in the original slipcase, which shows some paper loss to edges. Item #27596
(Warde 157; Blumenthal, p. 134; O'Brien A141).