London, South Kensington
23 September 2010
[WOOD, Robert (1717?-1771)]. the Ruins of Palmyra, otherwise Tedmor, in the desart. London: 1753. 2° (580 x 387mm). 3 full-page engravings in text, 59 engraved plates numbered I-LVII, plate I comprising 3 plates (sometimes found joined forming a panorama). (Light spotting and browning, very minor dust-soiling to edges.) Contemporary half sheep over grey-blue paper-covered boards, uncut (worn).
FIRST EDITION of this very successful book. 'No such meticulous and handsome archaeological work had yet appeared in the English language, and the nation could feel proud to have a worthy competitor for the lavish folios produced in France and Italy' (RIBA). The plates were engraved by Pierre Fourdrinier, Thomas Major and J.S. Muller, Jr., after drawings by J.B. Borra, the Italian architect who accompanied Wood and James Dawkins on their tour of Asia Minor in 1750-51. RIBA 3707; Fowler 443; Harris 939; Berlin Catalogue 1884; Blackmer 1834 (French edition); Cohen-de Ricci 916.
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