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Letters Concerning Mythology.
n.p. 1748 iv, [13], 4-411, [15] index, [2]pp ads, device to titlepage, engraved headpiece, one engraved plate. 8vo. Some dusting, occasional marking, small hole to titlepage margin repaired, tear without loss to top margin of T3 neatly repaired, some underlining & crosses to text. Expertly bound in recent quarter sprinkled calf, raised & gilt banded spine, red morocco label, marbled boards, vellum tips.270 ESTC T64309, first edition, but not noting the engraved plate. Thomas Blackwell, 1701-1757, was an eminent classicist, best known today for his writings on Homer & one of the major figures of the Scottish Enlightenment. He also made an important contribution to contemporary mythological debate in his Letters Concerning Mythology. 'Of the nineteen letters (or chapters) in the volume, another anonymous author wrote the first half dozen or so, but Blackwell composed parts of the seventh and eighth, and all the letters thereafter. [He] recognised that mythology played an integral part in the civilising process... to instil a belief in 'an invisible power or powers' above mankind, who would distribute rewards to the just and punish the unjust.' Ref: Kidd, C. The World of Mr Casaubon. Cambridge, 2016.
Bookseller: Jarndyce Rare Books [UK]

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