Title: The Iliad of Homer (2 vols, complete)
Author: Homer, Alexander Pope (trans)
Publisher: Cavil, Martin, French & Wren, London, 1795. Most likely privately printed. Very, very scarce.
Condition: Hardcover, full leather, pocket sized. Boards re-attached, overall heavily worn and rubbed. Internally in excellent condition except the top right bits of first empty flypaper cut off. Structurally sound, but to be read with care.
The famous Pope translation of the Iliad, in a somewhat early edition. All text is in English.
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.