Homer's Iliad.; Translated by William Munford.

Boston, (MA): Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1846. First edition of this translation. 8vo. 2 volumes: xii, 452 pp., errata leaf; (4), 524 pp., errata leaf. Engraved frontispiece to volume one. A family copy, with the ownership signature of the translator's granddaughter on the front pastedown of each volume. Munford (1775-1825), a graduate of William & Mary and a student of George Wythe, compiled early Virginia law reports, published a volume of poetry in 1798, a play, and other works. "Munford's love for the classics produced one noteworthy contribution to literature, his translation into blank verse of the 'Iliad.' For many years he labored painstakingly at his cherished work and completed it just before his death. Published in 1846, it is the first complete translation of either Homeric epic by an American. Munford’s Iliad has been called “the most distinguished translation of a classical work by an American in the early national period” (Reinhold). Very good, partly unopened copy of an important American literary achievement with a nice association. Original black cloth (spines repaired, spine ends chipped), gilt spine titles. (4631). Item #61942

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