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Homer: (Munford, William, trans.:) The Iliad. Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1846. First edition. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. xii, 452, [ii]; [iv], 524, [ii] + portrait frontispiece to vol. I. Sporadic light foxing mostly affecting vol. I. Contemporary green blind-stamped cloth, gilt titles to spines, edges uncut. A little rubbed, endcaps creased, vol. I with small splits at each end of lower joint but sound and still very good overall. Pencilled inscription of Charles Ellis to preliminary blank, both volumes. Occasional pencilled booksellers' notes. William Munford (1775-1825), legislator and court reporter, is best known not for his law work but for his contributions to Classical scholarship. His life's work was this 'definitive' translation of Homer's Iliad, written in the belief that previous English translations had not done justice the original. Munford's translation was not published until 21 years after his death, and was considered a significant achievement in American scholarship.   Ref: 51962 
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Homer: (Musgrave, George, trans.:) The Odyssey [...] Rendered into English Blank Verse. London: Bell and Daldy, 1869. Second edition, revised and corrected. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. xxxi, [i], 332; vii, [i], 323, [i]. Very occasional spots of light foxing. Later blue library cloth, gilt titles to spines, cloth-reinforced hinges, edges uncut. Spines very slightly faded, lightly rubbed, very good. To each front paste-down the bookplate of Monsignor Joseph M. Gleason (1869-1942). Gleason was a Californian Catholic priest, teacher and book collector. To each title-page the inkstamp of J. Mark Ericson. Musgrave (17981883) was a Church of England clergyman and author. Most of his writing concerned travel, but he also produced educational and devotional works. This translation of Homer's Odyssey won him enrolment in the Institut de France.   Ref: 51947 
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Homer: (Pope, Alexander, trans.:) The Iliad. London: printed for J. Walker et al, 1813. 12mo., pp.[ii], 555, [i] + engraved frontispiece and additional vignette title-page. Bound without one blank at rear, sporadic foxing, a little toning to some pages. Contemporary black straight-grain calf, gilt spine and borders, blue marbled edges and endpapers. A little rubbed, corners fraying but very good overall. Previous owner's puchase note pencilled to ffep verso; ownership inscription of Miss Bokenham to title page. Frontispiece and title page engravings signed by C. Heath.   Ref: 51547 
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Homer: [Derby, Edward Stanley, trans.:] The Iliad [...] Rendered into English Blank Verse. London: John Murray, 1865. 5th edition. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. x, [ii], 402; [iv], 432. Bright and clean within. Contemporary tan calf, spines heavily gilt with red and yellow-green labels, plain gilt borders to each board, marbled edges and endpapers. The top 2cm of the spine of vol. I has been detached and inaccurately restuck, some impressions of handwriting to the upper board of vol. I, extremities a little worn with some cracking starting at the tail edge of vol. II's upper board, endpapers splitting at hinges but bindings holding firm, still very good. MS inscription to vol. I ffep verso: 'Charles C. Maconochie from George Ridding in affectionate remembrance of the College Chapel Choir. July 27. 1869.' George Ridding (18281904), was headmaster of Winchester College and bishop of Southwell. Translated by Edward George Geoffrey Smith Stanley (17991869), fourteenth earl of Derby and former prime minister. Derby translated classical authors, particularly Homer, and contemporary French and German poetry throughout much of his life. His Translations of Poems Ancient and Modern was originally privately printed in 1862 and included a translation of part of the Iliad into English blank verse. He went on to complete the whole work, and this translation first appeared in 1864 to much critical praise.   Ref: 51955 
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Homer: [Stanley, Edward, trans.:] The Iliad [...] Rendered into English Blank Verse. To Which are Appended Translations of Poems Ancient and Modern. London: John Murray, 1867. 6th edition. 2 vols. bound as 1. 8vo., pp. x, [ii], 339, [i]; [viii], 346. Occasional light spots of foxing but generally bright and clean. Contemporary tan calf school prize binding, gilt spine with green title label, gilt armorial centrepiece of Doncaster Grammar School to upper board, marbled edges and endpapers. Head-cap and corners slightly worn, a little rubbed, a scattering of tiny dents to lower board but still a very good copy in an attractive binding. Prize bookplate of Doncaster Grammar School Classical Department to front paste-down, awarding a prize for Composition to J.H. Brady, dated June 18th 1868. Translated by Edward George Geoffrey Smith Stanley (17991869), fourteenth earl of Derby and former prime minister. Derby translated classical authors, particularly Homer, and contemporary French and German poetry throughout much of his life. His Translations of Poems Ancient and Modern, which is appended here, was originally privately printed in 1862 and included a translation of part of the Iliad into English blank verse. He went on to complete the whole work, and this translation first appeared in 1864 to much critical praise.   Ref: 51951 
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[Homer] Eftaliotis, Argyris & Polilas, Iakovos (trans.); Christopoulos, Panagiotis F. (ed.): [Odyssey] Omirou Odysseia. Athens: Diachronikes Ekdoseis, 1998. 8vo., pp. 460. Contents fine. Bound in blue sheep with red, gilt and blind detail, a little scuffed generally and shelf-scraped to edges, still very good. '678/3500'. inscribed to title-page verso. Text in modern Greek (Katharevousa).   Ref: 50165 
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[Homer] Geddes, William D.: The Problem of the Homeric Poems. London: Macmillan and Co., 1878. 8vo., pp. xvi, 368. A little toned towards edges, a few spots of foxing to title-page and preface. Burgundy cloth, gilt title to spine. Endcaps frayed with 3.5cm split to cloth at rear hinge, corners worn, top edge dusty, ffep excised. Gift inscription 'To Clifford Snell from E. 1956' to front paste-down, with a pencilled code beneath. Geddes was Professor of Greek at the University of Aberdeen.   Ref: 51763 
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[Homer] Gladstone, W.E.: Homeric Synchronism: an Enquiry into the Time and Place of Homer. London: Macmillan and Co., 1876. First edition. 8vo., pp.[iv], 284, 28, [iv]. Two publisher's catalogues totalling 32 pages at rear, the first of which dated January 1875. Light foxing towards front and rear. Brown cloth, gilt spine and upper board, edges uncut. A bit cocked, endcaps frayed, a few small smudgy marks, endpapers split at hinges but binding holding firm. A good working copy. Loosely inserted: an almost full-page review from the Spectator, dated March 11th, 1876; contemporary newspaper clipping reporting an 'intensely interesting address' on the subject of Homer given by Mr Gladstone at Eton College.   Ref: 51762 
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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus Opera Omnia. Oxonii: J.H. Parker, 1848. 12mo., pp. xviii, 270. Some underlining and annotations, occasional light foxing. Scarlet straight-grain morocco, gilt spine, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. A bit dusty, slight rubbing but a very handsome little book. Small bookplate of Alec B. Schofield to front paste-down. Ownership inscription of G.H. Philips, Eton College dated November 1849, to preliminary blank.   Ref: 51179 
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[Horace] Horatius Flaccus, Quintus: Opera. Londini [London]: Iohannes Pine, 1733; 1737. First issue of the sole edition, with "Post Est" rather than the correct "Potest" engraved around the Caesar medal (vol. 2, p.108). 2 vols., 8vo., pp., (xxxii), 176, [ii], 177-264, [ii]; [xxiv], 48, [ii], 49-94, [ii], 95-152, [ii], 153-172, [ii], 173-191, (xvi). With multiple lists of subscribers to each volume, but without the printed list of antiquities found in one of the three Rothschild copies. Entirely engraved by John Pine, with frontispieces, title vignettes, 8 full-page illustrations, culs-de-lampe,and 4-line opening initial to each poem. Vol.I has a small intermittent stain to the lower margin near the gutter, a handful of upper corners creased, occasional light foxing. Contemporary dark brown calf, gilt spines with red and green title labels (the green possibly replaced or sympathetically retooled), all edges red. Spines rubbed with tail of vol.II quite worn, joints neatly repaired, a few scuffs, endpapers a little toned, a very good copy. Armorial bookplate of Francis Eyre (c.1732-1804) of Warkworth to front paste-down. Eyre was a Roman Catholic apologist and arbitrator, publishing several works in his lifetime including, in 1778 and 1779, pamphlets 'criticizing Edward Gibbon's irreligiosity in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' (ONDB). A serviceable copy of the most sumptuous edition of Horace. Each page of the work was entirely engraved; the text had two frontispieces, 27 individual headpieces, and individual vignette illustrations and initials numbering respectively a colossal 324 and 164 respectively. Subscribers to this "splendid performance" (Dibdin) included the kings of England, France, Spain and Portugal, as well as the Holy Roman Emperor. A truly international enterprise, lists of lesser subscribers came from Dublin, Paris, Madrid, and Holland. Both Richard Bentley, author of textually the most famous Horace of the period, and George Talbot, on whose edition of 1699-1701 Pine's Horace was based, bought advance copies. ESTC T46226; Brunet III, 320; Rothschild 1546-1548.   Ref: 49921 
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