GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS. SEVERIN, Mark. ~ The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.
13 wood engravings by Mark Severin. No. 36 of 100 special copies, signed by the trasnlator. Printed in Poliphilus Roman & New Hellenic Greek types on Arnold’s hand-made paper. Tall thin 4to., bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in full red morocco with two designs by Severin (Aphrodite and Anchises) blocked in gilt on upper and lower cover, spine lettered in gilt, in the original slipcase. A very handsome, bright copy.
Greek text translated into English verse by F.L. Lucas.
Using Mark Severin to illustrate this book was part of Christopher Sandford’s policy of trying to commission Continental as well as British artists. He also used illustrators like Laboureur, Ben Sussan and Lebedeff. Clearly he enjoyed this collaboration with Mark Severin as he employed his gently erotic style again for ‘Circe and Ulysses’ in 1954 and ‘Apollonius of Tyre’ in 1956.