Odes... With several other Pieces in Prose and Verse, translated…

~ Odes... With several other Pieces in Prose and Verse, translated from the Greek. To which is added a Dissertation on the Olympick Games. By Gilbert West, Esq.... London, Printed for R. Dodsley... 1753.

2 vols, small 8vo (173 × 105 mm), pp. [4], xxiii, [1], 284; 320; with an engraved frontispiece portrait by Boitard; a couple of leaves sprung in vol. I, gathering G bound in twice in vol. II; some marginal waterstaining; contemporary speckled calf, corners worn, spines chipped at extremities, joints cracking in places but sound.

Second edition, originally published in 1749 in quarto. The print run for both editions was 750 copies (Maslen & Lancaster, Bowyer Ledgers 3792).

West’s Pindar is his most important literary achievement, and was widely admired; ‘the product of great labour and great abilities’ (Johnson). ‘While the translation itself is conventionally elegant, West’s notes mark a breakthrough in the reading of the odes in terms of their historical occasion, and the dissertation, praised by Gibbon, offers a rare eighteenth-century appreciation of the cultural and political significance of sport’ (Oxford DNB).

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