22 January 2009
MAJOR, Thomas (?1714-99). The Ruins of Paestum, otherwise Posidonia, in Magna Graecia. London: Printed by James Dixwell, 1768. 2°. Dedication with engraved coat-of-arms, 16 engraved plates only (of 25), engraved illustrations, initials (some spotting and staining to text, some staining to most plates, other plates with mainly marginal stain). Contemporary reverse calf decorated in blind (corners rubbed). FIRST EDITION. Blackmer 1065 (citing edition of the same date in French); Brunet III, 1329; Cicognara 2680; Fowler 187: "This work ... was an important eighteenth-century pioneer contribution to the knowledge of Greek architecture in England"; Harris 358.
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