London, South Kensington
6 April 2011
[WOOD, Robert (1717-1771)]. The Ruins of Palmyra, otherwise Tedmor, in the Desart. London: 1753. 59 etched and engraved plates after G.B. Borra numbered to 57, plate 1 on three sheets forming a panoramic view, 2 full-page engravings of inscriptions. (Title spotted, other browning and spotting mainly limited to plates 53-57.) [Bound with:] The Ruins of Balbec, otherwise Heliopolis in Coelosyria. London: 1757. 47 etched and engraved plates after Borra numbered to 46, many folding. (Title spotted, some light browning and spotting of plates and text.) Together 2 works in one vol., 2° (551 x 363mm). Contemporary half russia and marbled boards (hinges cracked, extremities rubbed and bumped).
TWO CELEBRATED AND CLOSELY-LINKED ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORKS IN ONE VOLUME, both with text by Wood, a classical historian. Accompanying Wood on his journey to the East were the Italian architect, Giovanni Battista Borra, and James Dawkins and John Bouverie, the creators of the surveying project. The party reached Palmyra in the spring of 1751, and spent some five days there before moving on to Baalbek, where a further eight days went into drawing, measuring and making notes on the ruins. Dawkins is thought to have spent £50,000 on the two magnificent publications that resulted. Berlin Cat 1884 & 1887; Cohen-de Ricci 916; Fowler 443 & 444; Harris 939 & 936; Millard II, 92; RIBA 3707 & 3706.
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