THE ILIAD AND ODYSSEY OF HOMER, trans. by William Cowper - 1791 [1st ed., 2 vols.]


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The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer,

translated into English Blank Verse,

by William Cowper 

First edition, two volumes.  London:  Printed for J. Johnson, 1791 

Hardback set is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Two volumes bound in half calf with marbled covers. 
  • Boards show some wear, smudges, scuffing, heavy edgewear.  Corners are bumped, worn, with some evidence of previous repairs.  See photos. 
  • Spines have embossed titles, raised bands, are missing spine labels; are darkened with chipped and frayed ends, signs of "homemade" repairs.  See photos.  
  • Bindings aare intact. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have some staining, rippling to feps in Vol. 1, some pencil marks and owner's name. 
  • Interior is gently age-toned, exhibits some rippling to text block at upper corner.  See photos.  
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • PS2023.1122

1251 pages. 8.25 x 10.25 inches

First edition copy of William Cowper's lauded translation, a large, wide-margined copy.  Spacious and very readable. 

Driven by his dissatisfaction with the ornament and sophistication of Pope's translation, Cowper began a six-year struggle to render into lucid English the works of Homer.  The result was a translation in blank verse, which held more closely and faithfully to the original Greek than any previously attempted.

Includes "The Battle of the Frogs and Mice," following the conclusion of the Odyssey in Volume II.

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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