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The Odyssey Of Homer.


RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Odyssey., English., Pope., 1725-1726.]

Variant Title

Pope's Odyssey


London:: Printed for Bernard Lintot., MDCCXXV. (-MDCCXXVI.)

Physical Description

5 vols.; 284 mm. (Quarto).

General Note

Vol. I: [x], xxiv, 279, [1] p., frontis. (port.). - Vol.II: [iv], 335, [1] p. - Vol. III: [iv], 363, [1] p. - Vol. IV: [iv], 319, [1] p. - Vol. V: [iv], 317, [xi] p. Some issues of Volume V include, with separate pagination, 'Homer's Battle of the Frogs and Mice, by Mr Archdeacon Parnel, corrected by Mr. Pope'.


Vol. I: [Privilege, frontis., t.p.] - The Names Of The Subscribers - A General View of the Epic Poem, And of the Iliad and Odyssey. Extracted from Bossu - [Text, books 1-4]. - Vol. II: [T.p., privil.] - [Text, bks. 5-9]. - Vol. III: [T.p., privil.] - [Text, bks. 10-14]. - Vol. IV: [T.p., privil.] - [Text, bks. 15-19]. - Vol. V: [T.p., privil.] - [Text, bks. 20-24] - Postscript. By Mr. Pope - Index - Errata - Names of Subscribers Omitted in the Printed List.

Responsibility Note

The translator's name appears only in the caption of the title-page vignette, 'Pope's Odyssey', and in the half-titles. Pope was assisted in the translation by W. Broome (books 2, 6, 8, 11, 12, 16, 18, 23) and E. Fenton (1, 4, 19, 20); the 'Observations' also are signed by W. Broome.

The frontispiece of Volume I is signed as engraved by G.Vertue.

Head- and tail-pieces are signed as designed by William Kent ('W.K.') and engraved by P. Foudrinier. In Volume I the title-page vignette is signed by Kent and Fourdrinier.


ESTC, T14927
R.H. Griffith, Alexander Pope: a bibliography (2 v., 1922-27).
For Homeric themes in art see the bibliography on F. Inghirami, Galleria Omerica (1831).

Summary Note

Publication-dates given on the title-pages are 1725 (Volumes I-III) and 1726 (Volumes IV, V). The fuller title given in Volumes II to V reads, 'The Odyssey Of Homer Translated from the Greek. Vol. II(-V)'.

Each book of the translation is accompanied by a summary 'Argument' and 'Observations'.

The publication is adorned with head- and tail-pieces and decorated initials. The first volume carries also a title-page vignette and a frontispiece showing the 'Mead' (formerly 'Arundel') bust supposedly of Homer.


This is the subscriber's copy of George, Prince of Wales (afterwards George II). Inherited by George III, it belongs to a group of about ten duplicates from the Royal Library that were evidently presented privately to the Academy, most probably through the King's Librarian Richard Dalton early in 1769, during the period when expenditure on books for the Academy's fledgling Library was being met directly from the royal Privy Purse.

Binding Note

18th-century red morocco, vols. II-V rebacked in 18th-century style; upper and lower boards with gilt-tooled borders and stamped with the arms of George, Prince of Wales; spines lettered 'Pope's Odyssey Vol. I (-VI)'.

Name as Subject


Mythology, Greek - Heroes
Greek poetry - Epics - Epic poetry
Translations into English - English poetry - Translations from Greek - Great Britain - 18th century
Armorial bindings - Great Britain - 18th century


Alexander Pope, 1688-1744, translator
Barnaby Bernard Lintot, 1675-1736, publisher
William Broome, 1698-1745, translator, commentator
Elijah Fenton, 1683-1730, translator
William Kent, 1685-1748, artist/designer
Paul Fourdrinier, 1698?-1758, engraver
Rene Le Bossu, 1631-1680, Traité du poëme épique
George Vertue, 1684-1756, engraver
George II King of Great Britain, previous owner
George III King of Great Britain, previous owner, donor