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IPHIGENIA OF TIMANTHES ...
The Iphigenia of Timanthes, a poem: the subject of the Newdigate Prize, at Oxford, for 1819, by the author of Genius, a vision.
London: printed by Lawler and Quick, [1819].
6 p. ; 20.2 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. Imprint from foot of p. 6. First line reads 'Imagination! Thou whose kindling eye ...' Genius, a vision has been attributed to Henry Hart Milman (1791--1868) who won Oxford poetry prizes earlier in the decade. H.J. Urquhart of New College was awarded the Newdigate Prize in 1819. One of the other contenders for this subject was Jacob Jones (first line reads 'Fancy! resplendent Goddess of the skies!'). Timanthes' painting of the 'Sacrifice of Iphigenia' (4th century B.C.) was one of the famous prize-winning paintings of antiquity discussed by Pliny amongst others, it survives only in a first century Roman copy discovered at Pompei in the eighteenth century.

Copy Notes A folded ALs in ink with franked post-mark on outer fold tipped in, reading The author of the Enclosed poems / presents his Compts to Mr. Soane / & begs his acceptance of the two copies enclosed / J.S. / Augt. 18, 1819 - . The sheet has been trimmed with loss of text in ink on the outer fold.

Binding Later C19th half calf, blind-tooled borders, brown morocco-grained binder's cloth boards, blind-ruled and gilt-dotted spine, black spine-label, gilt-lettered 'Plays & Poems / 1783--1819'. Numbered '81' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 5532


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