The Iliad – with – The Odyssey - Alexander Pope, Homer 1931 - The Nonesuch Press, London - Iliad no. 359 of 925 limited copies printed for England and 525 for the US ‘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.’

A handsome two volume set, completely uncut and unopened, complete with the original delicate slipcases of matching marbled paper and the inserted slip ‘
On First Looking Into Pope’s Homer’ from Francis Meynell.

Produced to the usual high standards of the Nonesuch Press, bound in full grain natural vegetable tanned Niger goatskin, with parallel texts in Greek and English, the Greek from the Oxford classical texts, and the English from Alexander Pope's translations of 1715 and 1725. Illustrated with engravings by Rudolf Koch and Fritz Kredel.


Homer's two epics of the ancient world, among the oldest extant works of Western literature, and the written version is usually dated to around the eighth century BC.
The Iliad & The Odyssey, tell stories as riveting today as when they were written between the eighth and ninth century B.C. The Iliad, which tells of the siege of Troy by the Greeks, is an unforgettable tale of nations at war and of the courage and compassion heroic soldiers show upon the field of battle. The Odyssey is the story of the Greek hero Odysseus and the many marvels and challenges he encounters during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the end of the Trojan War.
  Printed in Holland by Johannes Enschede en Zonen in Monotype Cochin and Jan van Krimpen’s Antigone Greek on Pannekoek mould-made paper.

The Nonesuch Press was founded in London by Francis Meynell in 1922, generally outsourcing printing to other presses while maintaining meticulous control over the design elements. Generally speaking, the magnificent leather used for Nonesuch bindings was vegetable tanned East-African Niger goatskin, the vegetable tanning allowed the leather to reach it’s full grain shine through hand rubbing, unfortunately, being a natural full grain, without additional coatings of colour it was prone to staining, toning, and wrinkling when not flat (usually the spines).

References: Dreyfus,
The History of the Nonesuch Press 72, 78.

Two large octavo volumes (book size 27.5 x 16.8 cm). pp. [8] 927 [9]; [8] 759 [9].
  Two volumes bound in full tan niger goatskin, spines in six panels with five raised bands, gilt lettering and double fillet to spine ends, boards with double fillet borders, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.   Condition: Fine in near fine bindings, the natural full grain leather highlighting original scratches and open grain, as well as the later darkening of the spines, some light marks to the rear board of volume I. Near fine slipcases, wear to edges and corners, some chipping of the marbled endpapers.   Ref: 109792   Price: HK$ 20,000