The Iliad of Homer – Andrew Lang (1883) (1st ed)

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The Iliad of Homer – Andrew Lang (1883) (1st ed)

S$57.00

First edition of Andrew Lang’s prose translation of the Iliad.

Title: The Iliad of Homer, done into English Prose

Author: Homer, Andrew Lang (trans), Walter Leaf (trans.), Ernest Myers (trans)

Publisher: Macmillan and Co., New York, 1883. First edition of this translation.

Condition: Hardcover, cloth. Fair. Top of spine torn. Ink soiling to cover. Hinges starting to first few pages. Pages are still attached but need to be handled gently. Pencil markings to ffep. Beautiful inscriptions to blank fly leaves. Slight foxing and tanning. Illustrated frontispiece. 518pp., app 8″x5″.

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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.

(from wikipedia)