An Enquiry into the Life and Writings of Homer [with original pen-and-ink sketch]: BLACKWELL, ... An Enquiry into the Life and Writings of Homer [with original pen-and-ink sketch]: BLACKWELL, ... An Enquiry into the Life and Writings of Homer [with original pen-and-ink sketch]: BLACKWELL, ...

An Enquiry into the Life and Writings of Homer [with original pen-and-ink sketch]

BLACKWELL, Thomas (1660?-1728)

Published by [s.n.], London, 1736
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8vo: [4],346,[82], with folding copper-engraved map of the Mediterranean world, frontispiece portrait of Homer, title-page vignette and 12 further half-page plates and tailpieces (one beginning and ending each section), engraved by Van der Gucht, all in excellent impressions. Contemporary mottled calf, boards framed with double gilt filet, ornately gilt-tooled spine in six compartments, red morocco lettering piece gilt, all edges speckled red, plain period end papers. Laid in is an accomplished drawing in pen and ink of the frontispiece portrait, signed and dated, "[John] Bateman 1760." (Bateman's engraved armorial book plate appears on the front paste down.) A Fine, virtually pristine copy, bright pages free of foxing and stains, clear print and ample margins, fresh gilt. In all, a highly attractive example of this seminal work of classical scholarship. Lowndes 213. Second Edition. Blackwell's reputation as a major figure of the Scottish Enlightenment rests chiefly on this pioneering study, first published anonymously in 1735. Blackwell believed that culture was learned, not inherent (a cornerstone of modern cultural anthropology), and that Homer's rank as a supreme epic poet "was the outcome of a specific historical context, social organization, geography, and climate, which combined to shape the culture he represented and which provided an ethos uniquely favourable to epic poetry. . . . A key point of the analysis was the idea of uneven development, an overlap between high civilization in the centres of Greek culture, with a continuation of relative barbarism and its attendant heroic values elsewhere. . . . In the early stages of society language was naturally bold and metaphorical, so that utterance had a rude and energetic quality which it later lost. . . . Homer was peculiarly favoured by circumstance, since he had appeared at the beginning of [this] new cultural phase, but still had personal experience of the old heroic ethos." (ODNB) Withal, Lowndes was unimpressed: "A production that displays more erudition than genius, and more affectation than elegance." Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0764

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Title: An Enquiry into the Life and Writings of ...

Publisher: [s.n.], London

Publication Date: 1736

Binding: Hardcover

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