(Something of) a history buff,my uncle has a collection (of) first edition biographies that (has been featured) in newspaper articles and magazine stories (alike).

Is “something of a history buff” modifiying the uncle? if no, then what does it function?

Thanks in advance = )

Yes, “something of a history buff” is an adjective phrase that modifies “uncle.” If this question got you because you’d never seen that construction before, well, now you have, and now you won’t get got again. 🙂

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