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Homer: (Derby, Edward Stanley, trans.:) The Iliad, Rendered into English Blank Verse. London: John Murray, 1864. 1st edition. 2 vols., pp. ix, [iii], 402; [iv], 432. Heavy foxing to first and last few leaves of each volume, though not through the rest of the text. Contemporary brown cloth, gilt titles to spines, upper boards gilt-stamped, lower boards blind-stamped, edges uncut, green endpapers. Headcaps fraying, joints and edges a bit rubbed with a small split just starting at the head of vol. I's upper joint, vol. I also a bit cocked. Still good, sound copies. A few pencilled booksellers' codes. Gift inscription dated 20th Dec. 1864 to a blank leaf preceding the title-page of vol. I, 'To dear Agatha from (Constance?)'. Tiny binder's label of Edmonds & Remnants, London, to rear paste-down vol.I. 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 first edition appeared in 1864 to much critical praise.   Ref: 52000 
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Homer: (Hobbes, Thomas, trans.; Molesworth, William, ed.:) The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury; Now First Collected and Edited [...]. The Iliads and Odysses [...] Translated out of Greek into English. [...] With a Preface Concerning the Virtues of an Heroic Poem; Written by the Translator. London: John Bohn, 1843. 8vo., pp. xiii, [iii], 536. Occasional light foxing., a few smudgy marks to title-page. Contemporary brown cloth, gilt title to spine, edges uncut. Very rubbed, a few scuff marks, corners fraying, endpapers toned with the rfep coming loose, good. The title to the spine shows that this volume was number ten in a collection of Hobbes' Works.   Ref: 52018 
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Homer: (Merivale, Charles, trans.:) The Iliad In English Rhymed Verse. London: Daldy, Isbister & Co., 1878. 2 vols. as 1. 8vo., pp. xv, [i], 280; v-xii, 299. Half-title to first volume but not second. A little foxing mostly affecting front and rear. Blue cloth, gilt title to spine, grey endpapers. Spine faded with some loss to endcaps and a couple of small tears to head of spine, joints weak with endpapers beginning to split at hinges, volumes I and II a little separated at gutter, but good overall and still a useful scholar's copy. To ffep, stamp of W.H. Smith & Son Library, 188 Strand to top corner. Charles Merivale (18081893), was a historian and dean of Ely. His translation of The Iliad first appeared in 1869; in his review of the work (Fortnightly Review, May 1869), George Meredith praises Merivale's translation because it 'bears declamation', a quality he considers vital. 'To conclude an inadequate notice of so admirable a piece of work, this translation of Homer appears to me to bear the test of recital, and I know of no other that will. The battles are never wanting in fire and motion, nor the dialogues in spirit. Mr. Merivale's resources of diction and versification, as well as his accomplished scholarship, are known. He has made the nation indebted to him for an Iliad, pleasant and ennobling to read, possible to declaim.'   Ref: 52003 
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Homer: (Paley, F.A., ed.:) The Iliad Of Homer With English Notes. London: Whittaker And Co. 1866; 1884 Vol. I 1st edition, vol. II 2nd revised edition. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. li, [i], 460; lxxiv, 496. A little foxing towards front and rear. Late 19th-century brown calf over heavy boards, raised bands, blind tooling to spine and boards, all edges coloured red, marbled endpapers. Impressions from lettering where spine labels used to be but with only a small fragment of label left, spines scraped, rubbed, still good copies. To each ffep verso, book label of Richard M. N. Dawlings. To preliminary blank in vol. I, the ownership inscription of the entomologist H.T.G Watkins. The inscription is dated 1894, shortly after Watkins left Eton College. A few pencilled booksellers codes.   Ref: 51997 
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Homer: (Perry, Walter Copeland, trans.; Hood, Jacomb, illus.:) The Boy's Odyssey. London: Macmillan and Co., 1911. Reprint. 8vo., pp. (viii), 204 + frontispiece and further plates. Clean and bright within. Half dark brown morocco, green cloth, gilt spine with raised bands and burgundy morocco label, gilt centrepiece, marbled edges and endpapers. A bit rubbed, joints and corners a little worn, very good. A school binding with central armorial gilt stamp of St. John's College, Johannesburg to upper board. Third reprint of the 1901 first edition.   Ref: 52020 
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Homer: (Simcox, Edwin W., trans.:) The Iliad. Translated from the Original Greek into English Hexameters. London: Jackson, Walford, and Hodder, 1865. First edition. 8vo., pp. viii, 483, [i]. Foxing to first and last few leaves, light toning throughout. Burgundy cloth with textured pattern, gilt title to spine, blind-stamped boards, all edges coloured red. Roughly the top third of the ffep torn away. Spine faded, endcaps tattered, a bit cocked, corners fraying a little, good. Small, pencilled bookseller's note to top corner of front paste-down. A translation made in response to Matthew Arnold's call for the use of hexameters in his essay On Translating Homer (1861). In his Preface Simcox admits the limits of his attempt: 'It has been the translator's endeavour to place before the reader a close, and, as it were, a photographic view of the poem, so far as the English language, in his humble hands, can produce this result; but it must be remembered that the Greek surpasses the English, in sound, as far as the organ does the pianoforte.'   Ref: 52006 
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Homer: (Simms, Edward, trans.:) The First Six Books of the Iliad [...] Translated into Fourteen-Syllable Verse: With Preface and Notes, and a Map of Greece on the Homeric Age, Designed as a Reading-Book for Colleges and Schools. London: Edward Stanford, 1873. 8vo., pp. xiv, 150 + folding frontispiece map. Half-title toned. Contemporary blue cloth, gilt title to upper board. Lacks ffep, rfep toned. Worn with some fraying to edges, loss to endcaps, spine a bit darkened, upper joint a little weak but holding. A good scholar's copy. Small ownership inscription of C.A. Burns to front paste-down. Edward Simms bases his translation on the work begun by his late brother Charles S. Simms, who published his translation of the first book of The Iliad in Manchester in 1866.   Ref: 52017 
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Homer: (Worsley, Philip Stanhope, trans.:) The Odyssey. Translated into English Verse in the Spenserian Stanza. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1895. 8vo., pp. xxvi, 417, [i]. Clean within. Burgundy cloth, gilt title to spine and centrepiece to upper board, edges uncut, dark grey endpapers. Slightly cocked, spine faded, endcaps creased, still a very good copy. A few small, pencilled bookseller's notes to front endpapers. Philip Stanhope Worsley (1835-1866) was educated at Highgate School before going on to Corpus Christi College, Oxford where he won the Newdigate prize for poetry in 1857. This translation of The Odyssey was first published in 1861 with a translation of the first 12 books of The Illiad in the same metre appearing in 1865. 'His Spenserian translation of The Odyssey and the first half of The Iliad (it was later completed by John Conington) [...] was a unique achievement. No version diverging so widely from the form of the original can become the standard version; Worsley's effort was nevertheless a useful test of the power and resources of the English language, and as such it was praised by Matthew Arnold.' (ODNB) An arresting portrait photograph of Worsley was taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1866.   Ref: 52016 
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[Homer:] Duncan, William, ed.: Clavis Homerica: sive Lexicon Vocabulorum Omnium, Quae in Homeri Iliade et Potissima Parte Odysseae Continentur [...] Edinburgh; London; Dublin: Stirling & Kenney, Bell & Bradfute; Longman, Ress et al; J. Porter, 1831. 'Editio Nova'. 8vo., pp. x, 470. Occasional light smudges and spots of foxing. Contemporary brown cloth, paper label to spine, edges uncut. Rubbed, endcaps fraying, small split to cloth at head of upper joint, spine faded and label worn, some scuffs and scratches but sound. A good scholar's copy. Clavis Homerica was first published in Douai in 1636 and was soon reprinted several times in London, making it one of only a very small number of scholarly works on Homer to be printed in England before 1660.   Ref: 52030 
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[Homer:] Walker, John, ed.: Clavis Homerica: or Lexicon of All the Words Which Occur in the Iliad. London; Dublin: Whittaker & Co.; John Cumming. 1840. Fifth edition. 12mo., pp. xlvii, [i], 375, [v]. Preface and 'Synopsis of Greek Dialects' in English. Publisher's catalogue at rear and pasted onto to endpapers. Occasional light spots of foxing, small ink blot to title-page. Later marbled skiver, black title label to spine. Rubbed, endcaps and corners frayed, joints worn but holding firm, endpapers foxed, still a good copy overall. Inscription of James Ackers dated Feb. 24th 1850 to ffep and his initials in pencil to title. Clavis Homerica was first published in Douai in 1636 and was soon reprinted several times in London, making it one of only a very small number of scholarly works on Homer to be printed in England before 1660.   Ref: 52031 
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