MAJOR, Thomas (1720-1799). Les ruines de Paestum, ou de Posidonie, dans la Grande Grece. London: J. Dixwell for T. Major, [1768].
MAJOR, Thomas (1720-1799). Les ruines de Paestum, ou de Posidonie, dans la Grande Grece. London: J. Dixwell for T. Major, [1768].
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MAJOR, Thomas (1720-1799). Les ruines de Paestum, ou de Posidonie, dans la Grande Grece. London: J. Dixwell for T. Major, [1768].

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MAJOR, Thomas (1720-1799). Les ruines de Paestum, ou de Posidonie, dans la Grande Grece. London: J. Dixwell for T. Major, [1768].

First French edition. The temples at Paestum were almost unknown until their rediscovery in 1746; the first publication on them, in French, only appeared in 1764. Major's work was far more ambitious than any previous survey. The appearance of a French as well as an English edition suggests that there was not just a waiting French audience but a growing international interest in Greek Doric architecture. Blackmer 1065; Brunet III, 1329; Fowler 157; Harris 539; RIBA 2008.

Folio (535 x 365mm). 25 engraved plates numbered I-XVIII, XIXA, XIXB, XX-XIV, engraved royal arms, 5 engraved vignettes. List of subscribers, and a final leaf listing Thomas Major’s engravings (title with light marginal stain, some faint even browning). Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine (extremities lightly rubbed).
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