20 DECEMBER 1930, Page 29

The typography of the Odes of V ielory of Pindar

(Basil Blackwell, limited edition, £3 13s. 6d.) is admirable ; the illustrations--woodeutsby Mr. John Farleigh--are interesting as representing an almost freakish admixture of the severity of the Greek vase with a humour that is distinctly modern ; the general production, apart from the binding, which is entirely unworthy of the book, is excellent. Mr. C. J. Billson has succeeded in his translation just as much as anyone can succeed with Pindar ; that is to say, that people who have really grasped the Greek conception of life and of sport, the Greek language and Pindar's highly individual use of it, will recognize the merits of Mr. Billson's work and admire his rendering of phrase and image and idea into that Saxon-Hellenic form which seems the only one possible.