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SOLD - Vintage Book ONLY copy this edition, classic tales The Iliad & The Odyssey by Homer in one volume, translated by Alexander Pope, 1853

SOLD - Vintage Book ONLY copy this edition, classic tales The Iliad & The Odyssey by Homer in one volume, translated by Alexander Pope, 1853

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

While there are many copies of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and both The Iliad & The Odyssey together, few come close to this edition. Published in 1853 and translated by the famous writer Alexander Pope, I found this copy worse for the wear in that it was in pristine condition except for the front and back covers becoming detached from the spine. This is why it was huddled in a corner of "rare and fragile books" in the bookstore I found it in, and I knew I had to rescue it. The book was repaired with professional bookbinding tape and is as good as new, and it is absolutely thrilling to behold.

The black boards are constructed of real leather, and the golden detailed illustrations and border designs on the outside front back and spine are just stunning. Holding this hefty tome you get the sense you are reading a piece of book history, an example of the perfect book of the time it came from, an example of a book people try to duplicate these days to "look old" when really, they can't begin to compare. The labor that went into this book is apparent but even more so, the love that went into it, the creativity brought through in its design with its golden-edged pages and shining flowers and old-fashioned font proclaiming on the spine "ILIAD AND ODYSSEY" and nothing more, not even the publisher's name/branding or the author's name -- because why would you need it for a masterpiece of literature such as this? -- it all comes together to create this masterwork, and I wouldn't let it go for the world if I didn't think it would be so much more appreciated by someone else, so much more loved and not neglected on my shelves. Sure, I would treasure it, but I know someone else out there would treasure it more, and I cannot wait for them to find it and bring it home.

If you are unfamiliar with the stories in question, The Iliad and The Odyssey, here's a short recap of the tales and the difference between them (as they often are mixed up).

The Iliad: An ancient Greek epic poem written by the renown and respected philosopher and poet known as Homer. The story recounts the events of the final weeks of the Trojan War, as well as the siege of the city of Troy by the Greeks. It features characters well-known today as legendary including Achilles, Agamemnon, and Helen of Troy, the story portrays battle scenes, love scenes, and many dramatic moments that cover topics like glory, revenge, fate, faith, and mortality, with many interventions of the classical gods making the story magical, fanciful, and yet real enough to make you forget those gods don't exist today as real as any other person walking the street. At least, not nearly in the way they did to people of that time. The story is ageless, and went on to influence so much of Western Literature (an influence that continues today through many different forms) that it is known as a "foundational text," something not too many other books are designated as. That is, excepting of course The Odyssey, the second tale in this book that measures against its predecessor exactly.

The Odyssey: In this story Odysseus struggles for ten years to return to his home post-Trojan War. His journey could be considered a contributor to what started the classic "Hero's Journey" trope that permeates through all of literature today, with its beginning, middle and end following in this pattern: Odysseus leaves for a destination, and the reader roots for him as he is the Hero. He faces many battles with mystical creatures, many trying moments pitting him against the wrath of the gods, and until he gets through these troubles he will never be awarded the treasure at the end, which for him is to meet his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus alive and well, and to assume his throne once more. In the meantime, Homer includes the stories of Penelope and her staving off of other suitors while she waits for her love to return to her, and Odysseus' son trying to defend the throne of his father before it is claimed by another. So the "ally" role is filled by Telemachus and Penelope, the "goblin" roles are filled by the interferers back home, and all the while the true journey is being carried out by the Hero through trial after trial. In the end the Hero is either thwarted and dies a noble yet tragic death, generally, or defeats all odds and ends up with the end he sought from the start, and all is well. In this tale you'll have to find out by reading it which ending Homer created for our Odysseus, but just know that in writing this story, Odysseus created a "journey" that many writers today reference, even just in their minds, as the "Hero's Journey" and adapt into their own versions in various ways. So truly, this story is a story of all stories. That's the only way I can think to put it. :)

Here are some epic quotes for you to ruminate on:

“Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.” -- The Iliad

“…There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible—magic to make the sanest man go mad.” -- The Iliad

“Like the generations of leaves, the lives of mortal men. Now the wind scatters the old leaves across the earth, now the living timber bursts with the new buds and spring comes round again. And so with men: as one generation comes to life, another dies away.” -- The Iliad

“Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man.” -- The Odyssey

“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” -- The Odyssey

“Men are so quick to blame the gods: they say
that we devise their misery. But they
themselves- in their depravity- design
grief greater than the griefs that fate assigns.” -- The Odyssey

And my favorite: "My name is Nobody." -- The Odyssey

That's all folks. Enjoy this wonderful book and know you are buying a treasure that moves beyond words, that holds immense meaning and is decorated with immense care.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: The Iliad & The Odyssey
-Author: Homer
-Translator: Arthur Pope, Esquire
-Editor: W C Armstrong
-Format: Hardcover, fifth printing of this edition, gold detailing on front, back boards and spine on black leather, book binding tape used where covers meet spine, gilt page-ends, black line border around text on every page
-Condition: Like New! Binding fixed with professional bookbinding tape ordered from Brodart (if you're a bookbinder this is probably interesting only to you to know) and only ripped on the front blank page where the tape meets the crease. There are a few (VERY FEW) pencil marks within the text, but no writing or anything, no marks, the book is so close to mint condition, in my opinion, for its age and oh, such beauty. *Sigh*
-Publisher: Silas Andrus and Son: Hartford
-Copyright: Silas Andrus and Son 1848
-Date published: 1853
-Provenance: No signage to indicate who owned it before me, and no story behind it that I could gather, so the only provenance I can give you is that I bought it months ago and described above how I fixed it up and rescued it from oblivion, basically. :) This was March 2017 in Connecticut.
-Pricing: This book is one of a kind, literally in every way that term could be used, so it was extremely difficult for me to price. It is beyond priceless in my eyes and estimation, so I could only base it off of my research into other translations of these works in other editions completely, and those printed around the same time. The price does the book justice, I think, but I could easily have priced it much higher, knowing how rare it is and how it is absolutely the only one of this edition out there online to be sold now.
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

While there are many copies of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and both The Iliad & The Odyssey together, few come close to this edition. Published in 1853 and translated by the famous writer Alexander Pope, I found this copy worse for the wear in that it was in pristine condition except for the front and back covers becoming detached from the spine. This is why it was huddled in a corner of "rare and fragile books" in the bookstore I found it in, and I knew I had to rescue it. The book was repaired with professional bookbinding tape and is as good as new, and it is absolutely thrilling to behold.

The black boards are constructed of real leather, and the golden detailed illustrations and border designs on the outside front back and spine are just stunning. Holding this hefty tome you get the sense you are reading a piece of book history, an example of the perfect book of the time it came from, an example of a book people try to duplicate these days to "look old" when really, they can't begin to compare. The labor that went into this book is apparent but even more so, the love that went into it, the creativity brought through in its design with its golden-edged pages and shining flowers and old-fashioned font proclaiming on the spine "ILIAD AND ODYSSEY" and nothing more, not even the publisher's name/branding or the author's name -- because why would you need it for a masterpiece of literature such as this? -- it all comes together to create this masterwork, and I wouldn't let it go for the world if I didn't think it would be so much more appreciated by someone else, so much more loved and not neglected on my shelves. Sure, I would treasure it, but I know someone else out there would treasure it more, and I cannot wait for them to find it and bring it home.

If you are unfamiliar with the stories in question, The Iliad and The Odyssey, here's a short recap of the tales and the difference between them (as they often are mixed up).

The Iliad: An ancient Greek epic poem written by the renown and respected philosopher and poet known as Homer. The story recounts the events of the final weeks of the Trojan War, as well as the siege of the city of Troy by the Greeks. It features characters well-known today as legendary including Achilles, Agamemnon, and Helen of Troy, the story portrays battle scenes, love scenes, and many dramatic moments that cover topics like glory, revenge, fate, faith, and mortality, with many interventions of the classical gods making the story magical, fanciful, and yet real enough to make you forget those gods don't exist today as real as any other person walking the street. At least, not nearly in the way they did to people of that time. The story is ageless, and went on to influence so much of Western Literature (an influence that continues today through many different forms) that it is known as a "foundational text," something not too many other books are designated as. That is, excepting of course The Odyssey, the second tale in this book that measures against its predecessor exactly.

The Odyssey: In this story Odysseus struggles for ten years to return to his home post-Trojan War. His journey could be considered a contributor to what started the classic "Hero's Journey" trope that permeates through all of literature today, with its beginning, middle and end following in this pattern: Odysseus leaves for a destination, and the reader roots for him as he is the Hero. He faces many battles with mystical creatures, many trying moments pitting him against the wrath of the gods, and until he gets through these troubles he will never be awarded the treasure at the end, which for him is to meet his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus alive and well, and to assume his throne once more. In the meantime, Homer includes the stories of Penelope and her staving off of other suitors while she waits for her love to return to her, and Odysseus' son trying to defend the throne of his father before it is claimed by another. So the "ally" role is filled by Telemachus and Penelope, the "goblin" roles are filled by the interferers back home, and all the while the true journey is being carried out by the Hero through trial after trial. In the end the Hero is either thwarted and dies a noble yet tragic death, generally, or defeats all odds and ends up with the end he sought from the start, and all is well. In this tale you'll have to find out by reading it which ending Homer created for our Odysseus, but just know that in writing this story, Odysseus created a "journey" that many writers today reference, even just in their minds, as the "Hero's Journey" and adapt into their own versions in various ways. So truly, this story is a story of all stories. That's the only way I can think to put it. :)

Here are some epic quotes for you to ruminate on:

“Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.” -- The Iliad

“…There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible—magic to make the sanest man go mad.” -- The Iliad

“Like the generations of leaves, the lives of mortal men. Now the wind scatters the old leaves across the earth, now the living timber bursts with the new buds and spring comes round again. And so with men: as one generation comes to life, another dies away.” -- The Iliad

“Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man.” -- The Odyssey

“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” -- The Odyssey

“Men are so quick to blame the gods: they say
that we devise their misery. But they
themselves- in their depravity- design
grief greater than the griefs that fate assigns.” -- The Odyssey

And my favorite: "My name is Nobody." -- The Odyssey

That's all folks. Enjoy this wonderful book and know you are buying a treasure that moves beyond words, that holds immense meaning and is decorated with immense care.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: The Iliad & The Odyssey
-Author: Homer
-Translator: Arthur Pope, Esquire
-Editor: W C Armstrong
-Format: Hardcover, fifth printing of this edition, gold detailing on front, back boards and spine on black leather, book binding tape used where covers meet spine, gilt page-ends, black line border around text on every page
-Condition: Like New! Binding fixed with professional bookbinding tape ordered from Brodart (if you're a bookbinder this is probably interesting only to you to know) and only ripped on the front blank page where the tape meets the crease. There are a few (VERY FEW) pencil marks within the text, but no writing or anything, no marks, the book is so close to mint condition, in my opinion, for its age and oh, such beauty. *Sigh*
-Publisher: Silas Andrus and Son: Hartford
-Copyright: Silas Andrus and Son 1848
-Date published: 1853
-Provenance: No signage to indicate who owned it before me, and no story behind it that I could gather, so the only provenance I can give you is that I bought it months ago and described above how I fixed it up and rescued it from oblivion, basically. :) This was March 2017 in Connecticut.
-Pricing: This book is one of a kind, literally in every way that term could be used, so it was extremely difficult for me to price. It is beyond priceless in my eyes and estimation, so I could only base it off of my research into other translations of these works in other editions completely, and those printed around the same time. The price does the book justice, I think, but I could easily have priced it much higher, knowing how rare it is and how it is absolutely the only one of this edition out there online to be sold now.

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
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