The Iliad of Homer, translated by Alexander Pope
with notes and an introduction by the Reverend Theodore Alois Buckley
and Flaxman's designs
No date, circa 1890. Published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., New York
Beauty and brains combine into this gorgeous edition of Homer's Iliad. Blue cloth cover embossed with black and gold gilt inlay. Gold gilt page edges.
Overy good antiquarian condition with signs of wear and rubbing around the edges. Bumping of book cover corners with light exposure of the board.
Internal binding is good. Some exposing of the hinges near the front without compromise to binding. Pages are clean with a few places of foxing throughout.
A previous owner appears to have made a repair at the back of the book with a piece of white tape (please see photo).
This is a nice copy for gentle use or display.
About the Iliad:
The Iliad (sometimes referred to as the Song of Ilion or Song of Ilium) is an epic poem in dactylic hexameters, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy (Ilium) by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. Although the story covers only a few weeks in the final year of the war, the Iliad mentions or alludes to many of the Greek legends about the siege, the earlier events, such as the gathering of warriors for the siege, the cause of the war and similar, tending to appear near the beginning, and the events prophesied for the future, such as Achilles' looming death and the sack of Troy, prefigured and alluded to more and more vividly approaching the end of the poem, making the poem tell a more or less complete tale of the Trojan War. Along with the Odyssey, also attributed to Homer, the Iliad is among the oldest extant works of Western literature, and its written version is usually dated to around the eighth century BC.