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THE ODYSSEY of Homer, translated by A. Pope - HOMER; Alexander Pope (translator) - 1806. 
F.J. du Roveray, London 1806 - 6 volumes complete in 3.12mo (7 1/2 in. tall); 193; 208; 216 pp. Full navy blue polished calf with covers elaborately bordered in gilt, spines with elaborately decorated and lettered panels and raised bands, and gilt inner edges. All edges gilt. Frontispiece portrait of Homer in Volume I. 25 engraved plates after Henry Fuseli, Westoll, Smirke and others. Lilac endpapers. Silk markers. Printed for F.J. du Roveray, by T. Bensley , Bolt Court; and sold by J. and A. Arch, Cornhilll, and E. Lloyd, Harley Street. Opens with "A General View of the Epic Poem, and of the Iliad and the Odyssey; Extracted from Bossu." 26 Books are usually followed by "Select Notes." Concludes with "Postscript, by Mr. Pope," followed by "Homer's Battle with the Frogs and Mice. By Mr. Archdeacon Parnell. Corrected by Mr. Pope." Tight and clean bindings. Intact spine ends. Square corners. Gilt decorations bright. Gilt edges lustrous. Pages clean and unmarred with no bookplates, writing, salient marks, tears or folds; no loose pages. Spines scuffed around edges; corner tips rubbed; largely fine interior with light offset from plates and trace of foxing. A well-preserved, illustrated set. Homer's Odyssey is regarded one of the greatest works of Western epic poetry, a prototype for all such poetry to follow. Very good+ with no dust jacket as issued.
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