HOMER The Iliad and Odyssey London: J. Johnson, 1802.
8vo. 4 vols. Contemporary full tree calf, gilt rules with green morocco gilt lettering pieces and oval number labels to spines; previous owners' signatures to prelims, ffep expertly reattached; internally very clean, very good.
The great pre-Romantic poet of the English countryside William Cowper (1731-1800) was also responsible for this highly regarded translation of Homer. It casts Homer's work into blank verse in the manner of Milton and thus highlights the grand traditions of epic poetry across different centuries.