The Iliad of Homer. Alexander Pope.
The Iliad of Homer
The Iliad of Homer
The Iliad of Homer

The Iliad of Homer

Hard Cover. London: F. J. du Roveray, 1813. Near Fine.


Six volumes bound into three. New edition. Maroon straight grain morocco with elaborate gilt design along borders, titles and designs in gilt to spine, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, tan endpapers, and engravings by various artists throughout. Very good set with some spots and light marks to boards, minor wear to edges of boards, some toning to spines, some offsetting to endpapers, two scratches to top right of front board on volume I, volume I with discreet repair to head of spine, and very small wormhole on bottom right of front free endpaper on volume II. Overall, an excellent set. Homer's epic poem The Iliad takes place nearly ten years into the Trojan War with the Greek army continuing its siege of Troy. Much of the story centers around Achilles and his unwillingness to fight for the Greeks because of his contentious relationship with King Agamemnon. Throughout the poem the Gods intervene on both sides, shifting the momentum of the battle back and forth. The poem precedes The Odyssey, which chronicles the Greek hero Odysseus' journey home after the fall of Troy. This version of The Iliad was translated by Alexander Pope, who began translating the work when he was only twenty-five years old. He published the work in six volumes, releasing one volume per year between 1715 and 1720. The work established his reputation as a major English poet, and the money that he earned from the books allowed him to move to a villa at Twickenham where he would reside for the rest of his life. Samuel Johnson called Pope's translation "a performance which no age or nation could hope to equal."


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