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HOMER - ARNOLD, Matthew.

On Translating Homer, Three Lectures Given at Oxford; [together with:] On Translating Homer, Last Words, a Lecture Given at Oxford.

London: Longman, Green, Longman, & Roberts, 1861 & 1862 Stock Code: 117142
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First editions of the first published criticism by Matthew Arnold, who was primarily known for his poetry: "Here, taking the translation of the Iliad by F. W. Newman, brother of the theologian, as his main target, Arnold pilloried the tendency of learning to degenerate into antiquarianism and pedantry" (ODNB). From the library of English poet John Drinkwater, with his book label to the front pastedown of Last Words and his ownership inscription in ink to the front free binder's blank, dated 1920. In 1923 Drinkwater published some correspondence of Arnold with fellow poet Robert Browning in the literary journal The Cornhill Magazine.

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2 works, octavo. The first work bound by Westleys in original green cloth, floral frame stamped in blind to covers, titles to spine gilt, brown coated endpapers with advertisements to pastedowns. The second in original blue cloth, decorative frame stamped in blind to covers, titles to spine gilt, black coated endpapers.


Ownership inscription in pencil to front free endpaper of 1861 work and front free binder's blank of 1862 work. Spine sunned to the earlier work with light bumps to extremities, slight wear to spine ends; a very good copy. Spine lightly toned to later work, with slightly soiled boards and minimal wear to spine ends; still an excellent copy.


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