MADE IN THE SUMMER OF 1803
WESTERN HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND
DESCRIPTIVE AND EPISTOLARY POETRY
[By PHILIP HOMER]
SMALL HARDBACK with old spine label (handwritten) - 208 pages
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Rebound in plain covers, preserving a contemporary spine label, written by hand. Preserved on the front paste-down from the original endpaper is a note regarding the writer - a nice 19th century confirmation of the author's identity. Some staining to the first few leaves, but generally clean thorughout. Ownership stamp (1883) to verso of title. All edges untrimmed. Nice quality paper stock. A rare Highland title. A good copy of an excessively scarce work.
Philip Bracebridge Homer (1765–1838), schoolmaster and poet, was the tenth son of the Revd Henry Sacheverell Homer (bap. 1719, d. 1791), rector of Birdingbury, Warwickshire, where Philip was born, and Susannah Pitts (d. in or after 1806). He went to Rugby School in 1772, and was distinguished for his classical attainments. He matriculated as a member of University College, Oxford, on 31 October 1781, aged fifteen, and was elected a demy of Magdalen College in 1783 (BA 1785, MA 1788, BD 1804). In 1785 he returned to Rugby, where he was an assistant master for thirty-seven years. He was better regarded for his scholarship than for his abilities at maintaining discipline among the boys, who gave him the sobriquet Philly. He entered holy orders and was a probationer fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1802; he gave up his fellowship in 1806, having married in the previous year. His wife, Caroline, died on 21 February 1815. The terms of his will (20 June 1834) indicate that he remarried. In 1825 he was elected a fellow of Rugby School, being the first of the newly created fellows on the foundation. He died at Rugby on 26 April 1838.
While at Oxford, Homer gained a literary reputation, contributing in 1787 to the miscellany Olla Podrida edited by his Magdalen contemporary Thomas Monro. A collection of poems, The Garland, followed in 1788, and his Anthologia (1789), including verse which he had previously published in the Gentleman's Magazine, gained the high opinion of Thomas Burgess, who was then a fellow of Corpus Christi College. Some light-hearted aspersions by Samuel Parr on the quality of his verse only temporarily interrupted their friendship. With his brother Arthur Homer (d. 1806) he completed and prepared for publication the editions of the Latin classics which their brother Henry Homer, had left unfinished. In the 1820s he published two schoolbooks, an edition of the Eton Greek grammar (1825) and a school text on Christian evidences (1827). A manuscript English–Hebrew lexicon which he had compiled was presented by Henry Homer (1819–1911), his son by his second marriage, to the library of Magdalen College, Oxford.
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