Title: The Iliad
Author: Homer, Alexander Pope (trans), John Flaxman (illus)
Publisher: The Easton Press, 1979
Condition: Full leather, gilt. A mark on one end page, suggesting a book plate had been removed (see photo). Barely noticeable blind stamps on blank fly page. Otherwise good.
About this edition:
A beautiful collector’s edition, this book features:
- Full black top-grade leather binding
- Genuine 22k gold gilt to all edges, front design, spine, and back
- Silk moire endsheets
- Satin bookmark, sewn-in
- Hubbed spine with 4 raised bands
- Smyth-sewn binding for durability
- Premium acid-neutral archival paper that will not yellow
Get this as a set along with The Odyssey.
The Iliad is an epic poem, traditionally attributed to Homer.
Set in the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of 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. 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.