The Odyssey. By Homer. Translated by Alexander Pope. Illustrations by John Flaxman. Collector’s Edition. Easton Press. Norwalk, 1978.

$65.00

Classical literature is built upon the contributions of Homer, the 8th century BC poet who is credited with the Iliad and the Odyssey. These epic poems are astoundingly old–roughly 800 years older than the New Testament, the Aeneid, the Buddhacharita; roughly 2,000 years older than Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales; and over 2,200 years older than Shakespeare. Most of what we know about Homer comes from ancient legend. In fact, many scholars debate his existence as a single person, but rather a mythologized series of oral poets who helped to bring the ancient tradition into text during several formative decades in early Greek history. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey are equally revered. Both tell parts of the story of the Trojan War, with the Odyssey picking up at the end, and following the cunning and wise Odysseus as he returns home by sea–only to face yet more trials with mythical beings sometimes obstructing, other times aiding, his journey. The poem defines Greek mythology and immortalizes its characters. It remains one of the best works ever written.

This collector’s edition is in fine condition. In the original blue leather boards, elaborately gilt stamped. Gilt spine label. Raised bands. Text block fine. Gilt edges. Silk moire endpapers and bookmark sewn in. John Flaxman’s illustrations superb.

An especially fine collector’s copy of The Odyssey.

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The Odyssey. By Homer. Translated by Alexander Pope. Illustrations by John Flaxman. Collector’s Edition. Easton Press. Norwalk, 1978.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 4 in