Pelasgian / Mycenean

 

Grecian remains in Italy: a description of Cyclopian walls, and of Roman antiquities. With topographical and picturesque views of ancient Latium. London: Printed for Edward Orme by W. Bulmer and Co., 1812.

Author: Middleton, John Izard 1785-1849
 
 
Published by Printed for Edward Orme by W. Bulmer and Co.; J. F. Dove 1812 [but 1811 – ca. 1823: see below], London, 1812
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Bibliographic Details

Title: GRECIAN REMAINS IN ITALY. A DESCRIPTION OF …

Publisher: Printed for Edward Orme by W. Bulmer and Co.; J. F. Dove 1812 [but 1811 – ca. 1823: see below], London

Publication Date: 1812

Edition: FIRST EDITION.

Description:

480 x 335 mm. (19 x 13″). 1 p.l. (title), 50 pp. (plus plates). (Collation matching Abbey and Tooley.) FIRST EDITION. Modern retrospective red half morocco over older marbled boards, front cover with original red morocco title label, flat spine with densely tooled gilt panels at head and tail, gilt titling, expertly reinforced hinges, all edges gilt. WITH 25 BEAUTIFULLY ENGRAVED PLATES by M. Dubourg after Middleton, Philip Giuntotardi, and others, 23 OF THEM HAND-COLORED AQUATINTS (THREE DOUBLE-PAGE), and two of them plain line engravings. Abbey “Travel” 165; Tooley 328; Avery Architectural Library, p. 666. Inconspicuous abrasions to paper boards, minor stain to fore edge of front flyleaf, a handful of leaves with inconsequential small, faint spots at margins, the vaguest hint of offsetting onto small portions of two plates, but QUITE A FINE COPY, the binding expertly restored and certainly pleasing, and the engravings richly colored as well as entirely clean and fresh. This is a masterwork of aquatint engraving notable for the beauty and precision of its depictions of ancient Greek and Roman ruins in Italy. The plates are visually impressive–the three double-page images especially so–showing to good advantage architectural ruins, Italian towns, and surrounding landscapes, often in the form of memorable vistas. Author and artist John Izard Middleton (1785-1849) was the son of Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He spent much of his adult life travelling in France and Italy where, like many contemporary travellers, he sketched extensively. His careful depictions of ancient ruins established him as one of America’s first Classical archaeologists. Middleton deserves more credit as a topographical artist than he has received. A number of his drawings turned up without attribution in other books, notably those of the more famous Edward Dodwell, with whom our author travelled and whose “Views in Greece” and “Tour through Greece” were substantial and well received publications. This copy of “Grecian Remains” is a first edition, but it’s more complicated than that. The book was originally issued in parts over a period of nine years (probably during 1811-1812 and in 1819), with the title page (as here) dated 1812. The plates themselves were issued in 1818 or later, and then combined with the separately printed installments of text. In our copy, the paper on which the text is printed is watermarked 1805 for parts I-III, and 1818 for parts IV-VII, surely indicating that the letterpress here represents the original parts. All but one of our plates are on paper watermarked 1818 (our later plate being dated 1823). Abbey’s copy had watermarks identical to ours. Whatever the dates of the paper they were printed on, our plates are clear, sharp, and beautifully colored. The present copy is remarkable in that the fatal offsetting from text onto plates, which mars the vast majority of otherwise beautiful color plate books, is virtually absent here. This is a masterwork of aquatint engraving notable for the beauty and precision of its depictions of ancient Greek and Roman ruins in Italy. The plates are visually impressive–the three double-page images especially so–showing to good advantage architectural ruins, Italian towns, and surrounding landscapes, often in the form of memorable vistas. Author and artist John Izard Middleton (1785-1849) was the son of Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He spent much of his adult life travelling in France and Italy where, like many contemporary travellers, he sketched extensively. His careful depictions of ancient ruins established him as one of America’s first Classical archaeologists. Middleton deserves more credit as a topographical artist than he has received. A number of his drawings turned up without attribution in other books, notably those of the more famous Edward Dodwell, with whom our author travelled and whose “Views in Greece” and “Tour thr. Bookseller Inventory # ST12851

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William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dictionary_of_Greek_and_Roman_Antiquities
Third Revised and Updated Edition. Category: History. Language: English. ISBN: No ISBN.
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This is the full third revised and enlarged edition of 1891, not the concise of 1898.

Detailed item info

Synopsis
First published in 1842, this extensive reference work was edited and written in large part by the eminent lexicographer and classicist Sir William Smith (1813–93). Knighted in 1892, Smith was one of the major figures responsible for the revival of classical teaching and scholarship in Britain. He also made contributions to biblical study, editing a series of reference works on the subject. His three-volume Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology is also reissued in six parts in the Cambridge Library Collection. The present work is a massive achievement, running to well over a million words and copiously illustrated throughout with line drawings. It proved enduringly popular and was frequently reprinted throughout the nineteenth century. It is reissued now in two parts. The first part contains entries from abacus to lodix (a small shaggy blanket). The second part contains entries from logistai (Athenian officials) to zona (a girdle).

Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 110806079X
ISBN-13 9781108060790
Key Details
Author William Smith
Number Of Pages 1144 pages
Series Cambridge Library Collection – Classics
Format Paperback / Paperback
Publication Date 2013-03-28
Language English
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication Year 2013
Additional Details
Number of Volumes 2 vols.
Illustrated Yes
Dimensions
Weight 58.6 Oz
Height 2.2 In.
Width 6 In.
Length 9 In.
Target Audience
Group Scholarly & Professional
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Dodwell, Edward:  Classical and topographical tour through Greece
 
Dodwell, Edward:  Views and descriptions of Cyclopian or Pelasgic remains in Greece and Italy; with construction of a later period ;
from drawings of the late edward dodwell (intended as a supplement to his classical and topographical tour in Greece, during the years 1801, 1805, and 1806) — London, 1834 – 131 plates and 34 pages of letter press folio.
 
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Petit Radel
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Mr W.J. Stillman Pelasgic walls (authority studyer)

The Last Amateur: The Life of William J. Stillman

The-Last-Amateur-The-Life-of-William-J-Stillman-Hardcover-NEW-Stephen-L-Dys

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https://www.jstor.org/stable/495976
http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/world/med/eu-vonk.htm
(Bunbury, Cyclopean Remains in Central Italy,
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=qbFNAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA147&lpg=PA147&dq=Bunbury,+Cyclopean+Remains+in+Central+Italy&source=bl&ots=0WEp9cjo9t&sig=Ge1OMaXqOJX4qSO9_GUNnaaggGM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj35MKJguXUAhXKPxQKHSemDGsQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=Bunbury%2C%20Cyclopean%20Remains%20in%20Central%20Italy&f=false
in the Classical Museum, 1845, vol. II pp147, &c.; Müller, Archäol. d. Kunst, §§45, 166, and the works there quoted; Stieglitz, Archäol. d.
Baukunst, vol. I pp95‑98; Hirt, Gesch. d. Baukunst, vol. I pp195, &c., and plate VII. from which the foregoing cuts are taken;
Atlas zu Kugler’s Kunstgeschichte, Pt. II Pl. 1; Göttling in the Rhein. Mus. 1843, vol. IV pp321, 480, and in the Archäologische Zeitung, No. 26;
Pompeii, vol. I c4, with several woodcuts of walls;
Abeken, Mittelitalien vor den Zeiten römischer Herrschaft, a most important work, with numerous engravings of walls).
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Murus.html

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