Edinburgh: James Hunter, 1792. Hardcover. Octavo, 392 pages,  index; VG-; bound in full contemporary brown leather boards, rebacked with new paneled brown leather spine, previous burgundy label with gilt lettering and border preserved, new endpapers; boards have moderate wear; foxing to beginning and end of volume, majority of interior free; title page has mild wear and age-toning, more severe than the rest of the volume; shelved case 0. Pope's translation of the Iliad appeared between 1715 and 1720. It was acclaimed by Samuel Johnson as "a performance which no age or nation could hope to equal" Encouraged by the success of the Iliad, Pope translated the Odyssey. The translation appeared in 1726, but this time, confronted with the arduousness of the task, he enlisted the help of William Broome and Elijah Fenton. Pope attempted to conceal the extent of the collaboration (he himself translated only twelve books, Broome eight and Fenton four), but the secret leaked out [wikipedia];. Dupont.
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