London: T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1797.
Octavo, uncut, single leaf errata; in period style half red morocco.
Influential study of the tales of Sindbad and their relation to the imaginary voyage.
Influential study of the tales of Sindbad and their relation to the imaginary voyage.The poet and antiquary Hole (1746-1803) was a founding member of the Exeter Literary Society, to which he originally delivered this address on the question of historical antecedents to the Oriental tale. Although he begins sceptically, by the end he has talked himself around until he is seized by the belief that 'the narrative had a basis in truth' (DNB). The historian of the imaginary voyage Gove gives the work especial credit as one of the most 'valuable to the study of Sindbad as an imaginary voyage.'
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