(London: Nonesuch Press, 1928). 182 x 100 mm. (6 1/4 x 4"). xlv, [i], 165,  pp.,  leaf.Translated and with a long introduction by H. T. Wade-Gery and C. M. Bowra. No. 1,236 of 1,550 copies.
Original white buckram covers, gilt titling on smooth spine, leaves untrimmed, top edge gilt on the rough. In the publisher's (just very slightly worn) brown slipcase with a stencilled black floral design. Three vignettes engraved on copper by Stephen Gooden. Text within double-ruled frame with floral ornament in the corners. Front pastedown with bookplate of T. Livingston; front free endpaper with a warm Christmas gift inscription in pencil, dated 1932. Dreyfus 53. Spine and small patch of adjacent cover (areas not covered by the slipcase) somewhat browned, one opening with tiny brown spot to tail margins, otherwise A FINE COPY internally, the text entirely clean, fresh, and bright, and the binding covered by the slipcase white and unworn.
Pindar, the late archaic poet of Thebes, wrote his Pythian odes to honor athletic victors in the games at the oracle of Delphi. They include his longest and most complex ode, Pythian IV, in honor of a king of Libyan Cyrene, which is an early source for a segment of the legend of the Argonauts. In this charming little volume, the poems are arranged in chronological order of composition, rather than according to their traditional numbering. The translation by our editors, both of whom enjoyed highly distinguished academic careers, is crisp and fresh, and has not lost its appeal through the decades. (ST15053n)
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