Elton’s Hesiod


First edition of this translation

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Elton’s Hesiod





Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme

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Hesiod; Charles Abraham Elton trans.: The Remains of Hesiod the Ascraean, Translated from the Greek into English Verse; with a Preliminary Dissertation & Notes: by Charles Abraham Elton. London: printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme 1809
First edition of this translation. 12mo. pp. [iv], viii, 390 + engraved portrait frontispiece; spotting to frontispiece, offsetting to title, small stain to dedication, later half calf, rubbed and worn, mid 20th century bookplate with arms of the Anglican Diocese of Exeter.

Elton’s Hesiod was reprinted in 1812 and 1815. He was the author of a number of other works, chiefly translations and other classical subjects, but also including specimens of his own poetry. He was friends with Lamb and Coleridge, and succeeded to the Elton baronetcy in his mid sixties. Hesiod’s ‘Theogony’ is a major source for Greek mythology, but he wrote extensively on other matters: his ‘Works and Days’ can be regarded as a poetical musing on economic theory.