Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis en Grece, Dans le Milieu du Quatrieme Siecle Avant L'Ere Vulgaire Nine Volumes

Paris: Chez De Bure, 1789. Second edition after the first published in 1788. Jean-Jacques Barthélemy (1716 – 1795) was a French scholar who became the first person to decipher an extinct language. He deciphered the Palmyrene alphabet in 1754 and the Phoenician alphabet in 1758. Barthélemy was the author of a number of learned works on antiquarian subjects, but the great work on which his fame rests is Travels of Anacharsis the younger in Greece (Voyage du Jeune Anarcharsis en Grece). The hero, a young Scythian descended from the famous philosopher Anacharsis, is supposed to repair to Greece for instruction in his early youth, and after making the tour of her republics, colonies and islands, to return to his native country and write this book in his old age. In the manner of modern travelers, he gives an account of the customs, government, and antiquities of the country he is supposed to have visited. A lengthy introduction supplies whatever may be wanting in respect to historical details, while various dissertations on the music of the Greeks, on the literature of the Athenians, and on the economy, pursuits, ruling passions, manners, and customs of the surrounding states supply ample information on the subjects of which they treat. Modern scholarship has superseded most of the details in the Voyage, but the author himself did not imagine his book to be a register of accurately ascertained facts. Rather, he intended to afford to his countrymen, in an interesting form, some knowledge of Greek civilization [Wikipedia].

The nine volumes are bound in quarter black leather with blue marbled paper boards. The volumes are all well worn, with chipped and frayed leather spines and much chipping and abrasions to boards. Text pages have lightly browned from age but are still quite clean and legible. There is a nice fold-out map of Greece in Volume I, but the set does not include the atlas that was originally published with it. With bookplates of author Benjamin Olney Hough. Very good. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. Volume I: 384 pages; Volume II: 396 pages; Volume III: 388 pages; Volume IV: 370 pages; Volume V: 412 pages; Volume VI: 379 pages; Volume VII: 404 pages; Volume VIII: 420 pages; Volume IX: 283 pages. FRENLANG/091422.

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