Historical Cards Exhibiting the Grecian History

Historical Cards Exhibiting the Grecian History

Published by John Wallie, London
Condition: Good
From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

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N.d., late 18th century. With 31 (of 32) cards, each with a colored medallion of a Greek ruler, general or warrior, or adversary of note -- the emphasis is squarely on the powerful and martial, not the cultural. The figures include Aridaeus, Pisistratus, Agesilaus, Epaminondas, Philip, Darius II, Bessus, Brennus, Agis, Philopeomenes, Cleomenes, Antigonus, Antiochus the Great, Scipio, Perseus, Lysander, Themistocles, Cassander, Agis, Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Sosthenes, Cimon, Alexander the Great, Thrasybulus, Aegialeus, Medon, Agamemnon, Laomedon, Cecrops and Aratus. The coloring adds charm to the otherwise brief, matter-of-fact brief biography. Not that these are men who would have played themselves in the movies, based on the images! Scarce, with the only known copy owned in the past by the British Museum (and possibly now in the British Library, although nothing shows up in its general catalogue). The cards have soiling, with one of the cards having minor loss (a letter or two of a word) along a crease. Surviving also is the original box, which has substantial losses along the edges and is heavily soiled, but the top with the title is still legible. Bookseller Inventory # 002530

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Title: Historical Cards Exhibiting the Grecian ...

Publisher: John Wallie, London

Binding: Box

Book Condition:Good

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Antiquarian books of all kinds, with emphases on color plate books, decorative arts, foreign literature (German, French, Italian, Spanish), children's literature, philosophy, sporting (equine, hunting, shooting).

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