Wellington: New Zealand University Press, 1957. Illustrated. Very scarce first edition (reprinted in 1986]. Signed presentation from Pocock on the front endpaper: “To Sir John Sheppard with gratitude for his good offices to students of the classics in New Zealand.” Followed by an inscription in Greek followed by “In Body, not very far in spirit. L.G. Pocock. Christchurch, 1958.” Also inscribed by Sheppard: “ex libris. J.T.S. January 1969.” Also, with a one-page autograph letter from Pocock to Sheppard laid in, dated Feb. 24, (no year). Pocock writes that “landfalls as suggested in Ch. III turned out bit by bit to be pretty well right.” He writes about his further study and taking photographs of “real places.” “This throws a new and lovely light on the poem and its seaman author- in all sorts of unexpected ways…” Sir John Tresidder Sheppard [1881–1968] was an eminent classicist and the first non-Etonian to become the Provost of King's College, Cambridge. Sheppard, who was openly homosexual, was a lecturer in classics at King's College of Cambridge University from 1908–1933 and was provost from 1933–1954. During the Second World War he performed intelligence work, for which he was appointed MBE; he was knighted in 1950 for his services to Greek. During his long career he translated many famous Greek classics, and published several books on the subject, including “The Pattern of the Iliad”, “Greek Tragedy”, and “Aeschylus & Sophocles: Their Work and Influence.” I have been unable to find any first edition copies on Pocock’s book in the marketplace. 8vo., printed wraps; 79 pages. Item #57614
Very Good (little browning covers & some wear spine with two-inch chip base & tiny chip top; contents clean & tight).