Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Iliads without a Homer.

[So called in allusion to the beautiful but anonymous ballad poetry of Spain. See the Second Lecture of Archbishop Trench, on the Study of Words.]

Iliads in a nutshell.
H. Howard.—In Memory of Fletcher, the Dramatist. (Beaumont and Fletcher, Vol. I.)

An Iliad in a nutshell; a nutshell in an Iliad.
Swift.—The Tale of a Tub, Sec. 7.

[Pliny says that Cicero once saw the Iliad of Homer in a nutshell. See Disraeli’s Cur. of Lit. Vol. I. Page 275, on Minute writing.]