An Essay on the Original Genius and Writings of Homer. With a comparative view of the Ancient and Present State of the Troade.

  • Wood, Robert
  • London: John Richardson 1824


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8vo, pp. 203, [1] + folding map. Later polished calf by Carrs of Glasgow, spine divided by raised bands, red morocco label. A few marginal marks and spots. Joints and edges rubbed, a little wear to spine ends and front joint, some scratches and small scrapes. Ownership inscription of W.H. Burford to flyleaf.


The third published edition - the work had been privately printed in a few copies Wood's lifetime, and only published posthumously in 1775, with a Dublin reprint a year later - of Wood's important essay. 'Wood's most influential contribution was his argument in favour of the historical accuracy of Homer's works and his observation that the landscape and customs recorded in the epics were still to be observed in their original settings... He argued strongly in favour of the now generally accepted theory that Homer's works were part of an oral tradition' (ODNB).

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