Stuart, James, and Revett, Nicholas

The antiquities of Athens measured and delineated … volume the third.

London, printed by John Nichols 1794.

Reference: 14565
Price: £1 [convert currency]

Full Description

Large folio. xviii + xxv + (1) + 29 + (1) + pp 35-43 + (1) + pp 47-64 + (2)pp (pagination complete thus as issued), (4) engraved maps (of which 1 hand-coloured in outline and folding and 2 are double-page), 24 + 3 + (9 ex 10, lacking Chapter III, plate IV) + 4 + 11 + 4 + 3 + 1 + 13 + 6 + 2 + (1) engraved plates. Original boards, rebacked with calf spine (the reback done in the 1960s or 1970s ?). Title leaf spotted and with an old light stain at its right hand outer margin, which also occurs on various subsequent text leaves and on the plates in Chapters I and II. The plates of Chapter III and of subsequent chapters are affected by a more substantial stain covering either most or some of their upper halves, as well by the continuing light stain at the outer right-hand margin of the volume. Also some intermittent browning, mainly affecting text leaves.

A copy of Vol.III only of Stuart and Revett’s celebrated series of volumes on the Antiquities of Athens. By the early 1790s Stuart was dead, and the present impressive volume was put together with some skill by the younger architect Willey Reveley from Stuart’s surviving notes and sketches, and from measured architectural drawings by Revett and by William Pars. The buildings featured in it include the temple of Theseus, the monument of Philopappus and other structures in Athens itself, as well as more fragmentary ruins of temples at Corinth and elsewhere in Greece. Our copy of this title is an incomplete one, lacking one plate (Chapter III, plate IV, as noted below), and, more significantly, has old dampstains affecting the plates generally (as noted below). We therefore offer it as a single volume, suitable for a trade purchaser prepared to have the plates cleaned, or else for an institutional library or private collector who might wish to use some or all of our volume to improve an incomplete volume or incomplete set of their own. It is appropriate to record that our volume is a large and untrimmed copy, as issued, and does contain all eight of the large perspective views called for, as well as the four engraved maps, and that the paper on which the plates are printed is of good quality and should respond well to cleaning. BAL Cat 3185.