Oxford, 1909. 8 x 11 1/2. (227) pages printed entirely in Greek except for the imprint and Proctor's Note at the end. Original quarter linen & blue paper boards, paper spine label. Collector's tiny book label at rear. Binding soiled & a bit shabby, tips worn through, foxing on top edge and protruding deckles, otherwise the contents are fresh. Item #18704
One of 225 copies printed at OUP in Proctor's handsome Otter type on Batchelor 's Kelmscott Press large "flower" paper. Proctor's type was based on the Alcala font of 1514 with the addition of unusually tall capitals by him. The drawings for it were made by Percy Tiffin, one of Emery Walker's draughtsmen. The punches were cut by Edward Prince, who charged a shilling a letter; 1150 pounds of the type cost £115. Bowman, Greek Printing Types in Britain in the Nineteenth Century, pp. 70-71.
Proctor died before any books could be printed but Emery Walker and Sydney Cockerell arranged for the printing of the Oresteia in 1904 followed by this Odyssey. The type's name comes from a one page trial sheet printed in 1903 bearing a woodcut of an otter lounging by a stream. Tomkinson, pp. 220-221.