London: Jennings and Chaplin, 1832. Sir William Gell (1777 – 1836) was an English classical archaeologist and illustrator. He published topographical illustrations of Troy and the surrounding area in 1804. He also published illustrations showing the results of archaeological digs at Pompeii. His numerous drawings of classical ruins and localities, executed with great detail and exactness, are preserved in the British Museum. Gell was a thorough dilettante, fond of society and possessed of little real scholarship. Nonetheless his topographical works became recognized text-books at a time when Greece and even Italy were but superficially known to English travelers. His best-known work is Pompeiana; the Topography, Edifices and Ornaments of Pompeii, published between 1817 and 1832, in the first part of which he was assisted by J. P. Gandy. Although his works have been superseded by later publications, they continue to provide valuable information for the study of classical topography. He is, together with his friends Edward Dodwell and Keppel Richard Craven, by some modern scholars seen as the founder of the study of the historical topography of the hinterland of Rome.His works and notebooks proved very valuable for the topographical studies done by Thomas Ashby at the beginning of the 20th century [Wikipedia]. The two volumes are bound in three quarter brown leather with red and blue marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed, soiled, and bumped. Faded spine with title and volume number labels. Boards also have light scuffs. Hinges are a little tender but binding and text block are tight. Interior pages are quite clean and bright with some aging to page and occasionally to plate edges. Ownership signature on ffeps. With 88 handsome plates from drawings done by Gell, of which two are hand colored. There are also thirty chapter vignettes printed on a fine white paper and mounted. Very good condition. Octavo. Volume I: 198 pages; Volume II: 207 pages. ARCH/052021.
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London: The Grolier Society, 1903-1906. Hardcover. Number 242 of 1000 copies for England and America. This is the classic work on Egypt by famed Egyptologist Gaston Maspero (1846-1916) in the first nine volumes. Rappoport wrote the text for volumes ten through twelve to bring the history to the end of the 19th century. . King and Hall wrote volume thirteen in 1906 to provide an update on more recent excavations and findings. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled boards and endpapers. Gilt titling and ornaments to spine. The bindings are rubbed, chipped, and bumped, with sunning to spine on a few. Most interior pages are very good. Volumes ten and eleven have heavy spotting to fore-edges and volume eleven has foxing to first and last few pages. Each volume has an acquisition number stamped on the title page along with the signature in ink of a previous owner. With over 1200 colored plates and illustrations. Each volume has about 400 pages of text. Small quartos. Extra postage required for this set. Very Good.
London: Printed at the University Press in Cambridge by Richard Watts for Longman, Hurst, Orme and Rees, 1807. Hardcover. Scarce first edition of this influential work that was based upon studies undertaken by Wilkins during a four year tour of Greece, Italy and Asia Minor from 1801 to 1805. The book was greatly influential in the revival of the Greek Revival style in English architecture. A folio volume bound in later green buckram with tears along spine, bumping, rubbing, and soiling. The book shows moderate wear, with moderate foxing and age toning, particularly in the margins. A few of the plate images are also affected but for the most part the images themselves are clean. There are 73 engraved plates including one fold-out, eleven vignettes, and three in text maps. Twenty-one of the plates are sepia acquatints. Despite condition issues this is still a nice copy of this important book. ARCH/041321. Very Good -.