Mémoires sur des ouvrages de sculpture du Parthénon, et de quelques édifices de l’Acropole à Athènes, et sur une épigramme grecque en l’honneur des Athéniens morts devant Potidée.
Paris, Pierre Dufart 1818.
8vo. viii + 152 + (2)pp. Contemporary boards, slightly splitting at upper joints of spine, and spine chipped at top (but binding nonetheless sound). A fresh, untrimmed copy.
The eminent Italian scholar Ennio Quirino Visconti (1751-1818), employed during the Napoleonic period as Curator of the Department of Antiquities at the Louvre, was commissioned in 1814 by Lord Elgin to visit London and to see the Elgin Marbles for himself, and Visconti’s enthusiastic reports on them, initially delivered as lectures to the Institut Royal de France, were published in London in 1816, both in English and in French language editions. Following Visconti’s death in 1818, his widow decided to issue the present revised version, based on Visconti’s original manuscripts and incorporating additions and corrections by him.