The Iliad Vol VI
Author: Alexander Pope, HomerPeter Jones
The Iliad of Homer 1720 First Edition, Volume VI
Translated By Alexander Pope
Printed In London by W. Bowyer For Bernard Lintot
The Volume is in Very Good Condition bound in gilt-ruled calf, with the spine divided into six compartments by five raised bands, with the board edges gilt and leaf edges red stained. Externally the boards and spine are scuffed in general, with splits to the hinges, chipping to the head and tail of the spine, with the board corners bumped a bit. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with moderate foxing throughout and with some creasing to the corners otherwise.
The Volume is Complete in all respects See below for pagination & dimensions.
Of Pope’s Iliad
Pope had been fascinated by Homer since childhood. In 1713, he announced his plans to publish a translation of the Iliad. The work would be available by subscription, with one volume appearing every year over the course of six years. Volume I. was issued 1715, Volume II. 1716, Volume III. 1717, Volume IV. 1718, Volume V 1718, and Volume VI. 1720. Pope secured a revolutionary deal with the publisher Bernard Lintot, which earned him two hundred guineas (£210) a volume, equivalent to about £28,700 in 2018, a vast sum at the time. Lintot produced 650 large paper copies of each, adorned with ornaments as head and tail pieces throughout each volume, which secured the fortune for pope, while producing other formats, such as octavos, in order to profit by the publication himself.
Pope’s translation was acclaimed by Samuel Johnson as “a performance which no age or nation could hope to equal”. The classical scholar Richard Bentley countered writing: “It is a pretty poem, Mr. Pope, but you must not call it Homer.”
Pagination & Dimensions
The volume is paginated as follows: , 1634-1882, . The volume collates as follows: [X]2, 10B, 9Y-11G4, 11H-11M2, 11N1. The volume measures about 29.5 cm. By 24 cm. By 2.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 290 mm. By 235 mm.