An Enquiry into the Life and Writings of Homer. by…

BLACKWELL, Thomas (1701-1757).

An Enquiry into the Life and Writings of Homer. The Second Edition. London, 1736.

Second Edition. 8vo (192 x 115 mm), engraved frontispiece and pp. [iv], 346, [80], [2], with a large folding map and 19 substantial part-page engravings as head- and tail-pieces and three smaller engraved tail-pieces, in contemporary plain calf, new endpapers, faded triple gilt fillet to covers, spine simply ruled in gilt, both joints cracking, that front joint fairly badly, worn at extremities, head and tail-cap chipped, with the ownership inscription of W. Ritson.

Second edition of this attempt to prove the superiority of Homer to all poets before or since, written by a Scottish professor of Greek. Presented in 12 sections, the first being that of the dedication, this is an attractively printed work with beautiful part-page engravings as head-pieces to each of the sections and allegorical vignettes as tail-pieces to those where the text layout permits. This work, first published anonymously in 1735, was followed by his Proofs of the Enquiry into Homer’s Life and Writings, as advertised in a note before the text: ‘Speedily will be publish’d, A Translation of the Greek, Latin, Spanish, Italian and French Notes: which may be had separate by those who purchased the first Edition’.

ESTC t70409.

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