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Pope Alexander; The Iliad of Homer

SKU: Pope, Alexander AB0310111 $598.00
The Iliad of Homer. Translated by Mr. Pope. The Fourth Edition. Printed for Bernard Lintot, near Temple-Bar, London in 1736. Frontispiece engraving of Homera's bust with Greek title and Latin inscription. Page 26, engraving entitled aLife of Homera Between pages 36 & 37, fold out page illustrating classic Frieze and cornices. Following page E6, engraving: aThe Contention of Achilles and Agamemmnona Page following H3, engraving: aJupiter resenting the Affront done to Achillesa Following page 140, a fold out map entitled aA Geographical Table (approx. 20 cm. x 27 cm.) of the towns, & cities in Homera's Catalogue of Greece, with the Authorities for the situation, as placed in this Mapa(one a'' 6 cm. straight tear along the fold and a 3.5 cm. x 4.5 cm. triangular shaped loss top, right, not affecting text). Following page 152, the engraving: aThe Duel of Menelaus and Parisa Following page 202, the engraving: aThe Breach of the Truce and the First Battlea Further engraved embellishments throughout. Contents: Exclusive Warrant to Publish from George I to Lintot, Preface by Alexander Pope, An Essay on Homer, Books 1 thru 4 of the Iliad, Lintot advertising. Full brown leather with gilt borders on the covers. Six compartment spine with debossed vol.# in gilt and gilt bands. Minor leather loss at head and foot consistent with age. Crazing of leather on spine. Hinge wear is consistent with age. Covers are in very fine condition without the usual rubbing or bumps. 250 off-white to cream pages without foxing, spotting, tears or loss. Text is complete. Volume measures: 10 cm. x 17 cm. (16mo). An outstanding example with only minor deficits accumulated over the course of 274 years. Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 a'' 30 May 1744) was a famous eighteenth century English poet, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. He is the third most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare and Tennyson. Pope is famous for his use of the heroic couplet. Pope died the greatest poet of his age. However, by the mid-eighteenth century new fashions in poetry started to emerge. A decade after Popea's death, Joseph Warton claimed that Popea's style of poetry was not the most excellent form of the art. The Romantic movement was more ambivalent towards his work. In the twentieth century an effort to revive Popea's reputation began and was successful. Popea's work was now found to be full of references to the people and places of his time and these aided individuals understanding of the past. The postwar period stressed the power of Popea's poetry and recognized the Popea's immersion in Christian and Biblical culture gave great depth to his poetry. Maynard Mack thought very highly of Popea's poetry. He argued that Popea's humane moral vision demanded as much respect as his technical excellence.