• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 191

    GELL, Sir William (1777-1836). The Topography of Troy, and its Vicinity; Illustrated and Explained by Drawings and Descriptions. London: C. Whittingham for T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1804.

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    GELL, Sir William (1777-1836). The Topography of Troy, and its Vicinity; Illustrated and Explained by Drawings and Descriptions. London: C. Whittingham for T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1804.

    2o (426 x 275 mm). Hand-colored engraved vignette on title-page, 28 engraved and aquatint plates (3 folding), 2 hand-colored engraved maps, 14 vignettes (12 hand-colored) (occasional light offsetting of plates onto text). 20th-century half vellum, green morocco spine label (some rubbing and light wear). Provenance: modern penciled notation on verso of front free endpaper: "From the Library of Thomas, 7th Earl of Elgin, Collector of the Elgin Marbles"; N.A.G. Embiricos (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION of "... certainly the most beautiful book on Troy ever published" (A.K. Lascarides). In this pioneering work, Gell fixed the site of Troy at Bounarbashi. Abbey Travel 399; Blackmer 660.


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