Hero and Leander - a Poem Begunne by Christopher Marlowe and Finished by George Chapman
Published in 1909 - Limited Edition. No. 307 of 500.
Top-edge gilt; other edges uncut.
The type was designed for Dent by Douglas Cockerell and was the first publication using this type.
After Marlowe's untimely death in 1593, the poem was completed by George Chapman in 1598. The poem is a re-telling of the Greek legend of 'Hero and Leander'.
Christopher "Kit" Marlowe (baptised 26 February 1564) was an English dramatist, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. The foremost Elizabethan tragedian next to William Shakespeare, he is known for his magnificent blank verse, his overreaching protagonists, and his own mysterious and untimely death.
George Chapman (c. 1559-1634) was an English dramatist, translator, and poet. He was a classical scholar, and his work shows the influence of Stoicism. Chapman has been identified as the Rival Poet of Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Minto, and as an anticipator of the Metaphysical Poets. Chapman is best remembered for his translations of Homer's Iliad, Odyssey, and Batrachomyomachia.
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilisation as we know it.
CONDITION: Owners bookplate. Some browning to gilt edge. Brown boards have minor scuffs but pages inside are very clean with only occasional fox marks. (See photos for details)