[DALTON, Richard (c.1715-1791). Antiquities and Views in Greece and Egypt. London 1751-1752.] 2 parts in one volume, large 2° (508 x 360mm). 43 engraved plates, 6 of them double-page, 3 of these folding, by Basire, Chatelain, Mason, Müller, Radigues, Rooker and Vivares after Dalton, captions in English and French. (Occasional variable spotting, most heavily affecting the plate of the Temple of Theseus.) Contemporary half russia gilt (spine defective, the whole worn). Provenance: Hugh Lupus, 1st Duke of Westminster (1825-1899, armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, as published without title and accompanying text. Richard Dalton visited Greece and Egypt in 1749-50 in the company of James Caulfield, Earl of Charlemont, one of Piranesi's patrons. Dalton went quickly to press with his drawings of Athens -- often referred to as the first accurate and 'modern' drawings of the ruins -- as he aimed to fore-stall Stuart & Nicholas Revett's The Antiquities of Athens. The first 23 plates appeared in 1751 without a title-page, and the following year a further 20 plates, showing illustrations of Egypt, Constantinople and the Archipelago, were published. However, no accompanying text appeared until 1781, and it was a further 10 years before a posthumous collected edition was issued. RIBA 780.