Published 23rd July 2012
Can such names as Paris and Helen of Troy, Hector and Agamemnon, Priam and Achilles ever be forgotten? By the date of his Works of 1717, Alexander Pope had already published the first instalment of his most monumental enterprise, a translation of Homer’s masterpiece.
Pope's Iliad was not intended to introduce an unknown author. His readers wanted to hear Homer speak in the accents of their own time. The translation was a resounding triumph. As the great Greek scholar Bentley admitted, it is not Homer, but it is a poem, which few translations are.
This handsome quarto set is the first complete edition of one of the great poetic works of the 18th century. It is offered for auction in the Book Sale, which will be held at our Honiton salerooms, on 30th August 2012 and is expected to reach £2,500.