Folio, 45 x 31 cm. With two frontispieces, portraits, 191 plates, including maps and plans, some folding, vignettes. List of subscribers and errata. There was little to no direct knowledge in Europe of Greek antiquity in the 18th century until the first expedition by the authors herein was funded by the Society of Dilettante in 1751 to make the first accurate surveys of ancient Greek architecture. Their studies spurred renewed interest in classical architecture. Thomas Jefferson owned a copy of the first volume of this work. Light to moderate foxing to plates, some offsetting, a few quires browned, corners worn, bookplate of the Boston architect W.P.P. Longfellow on paste-downs. Contemporary marbled boards, calf corners, later sheep spines darkened and rubbed. Very good. 4 vols. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Antiquities Of Athens, Measured And ...
Publisher: Priestley and Weale
Publication Date: 1830
Edition: New Edition.
Book Description George Bell And Sons, London, 1885. Hardcover. Third edition. 149 pages. 18.5 x 12 cm. Seventy-one plates many are fold-outs. Chronological Index. 24 pages of publisher adverts, Bohn's Libraries. Ex-library, bookplates of Tilton School, early owner inscription, no interior marks, interior contents fresh and very clean including plates. Chipping backstrip head and foot. Orig. publisher's green cloth embossed in blind. Very good. Bookseller Inventory # 19563
Book Description London, George Bell, 1876., 1876. Third edition, with additions (so stated), Small 8vo. Original green cloth. Seventy-one plates, some folding. Very good copy, splits at edges of upper end of spine neatly repaired, spine slightly browned. Spine reads "Stuart's Antiquities of Athens"and at foot "Bohn's Illustrated Library." Sheaves of publisher's ads at front and back, both 15 pp. with the first and last page, respectively, of each sheaf used as a pastedown. Many plates, some folding. Bookseller Inventory # 3020
Book Description Printed By John Haberkorn for the Authors, London, 1762. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. First edition. Folio, unpaginated, vintage marbled boards, rebacked with corners of canvas, new endpapers; Lacks plates 21 & 22 in chapter 4 ( showing Bacchan pirates turned into dolphins), some mostly marginal bookworm tracks; Errata leaf bound in place, long vertical tear in the last folding plate. Rare. This is vol. 1 only: Subsequent volumes appeared into the early 1800s. [ Fowler 340 ]. "After their return to London in 1755, Stuart worked on the first volume of Antiquities of Athens, which was published in 1762. He wrote and revised the text, had the illustrations engraved and designed a binding, as well as painting views of Greece and Pola in gouache for exhibition. The first volume contained details of just five buildings in the northern part of Athens, but more were promised in further volumes. The first volume had more than 500 subscribers. Few were architects or builders, which limited the impact of the work as a design sourcebook. It was, however, well received by scholars, antiquaries and gentleman amateurs. The presentation binding that Stuart designed for Antiquities of Athens had a Neo-Classical design and inspired architect Robert Adam to design similar presentation bindings for his work on the antiquities of Spalatro. Antiquities of Athens helped shape the European understanding of ancient Greece. It brought an entirely new design vocabulary to 18th-century European architecture and design, and later became an essential sourcebook for the 19th-century Greek Revival - V&A exhibit on Stuart in 2007." Most of these engravings were engraved by James Basire, who, ten years later, taught engraving to William Blake. I count 78 engravings ( including head and tail-pieces and two folding plates. A few plates were executed by Edward Rooker, who was celebrated for his architectural plates. Bookseller Inventory # 4595