11 - 13 July 2000
GELL, Sir William (1777-1836). The Topography of Troy, and its vicinity; illustrated and explained by drawings and descriptions. London: C. Whittingham for T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1804.
2° (425 x 272mm). Hand-coloured engraved title vignette, 28 engraved and aquatint plates, 3 folding, 2 hand-coloured engraved maps, 13 illustrations, 11 hand-coloured. (Occasional light offestting of text onto plates.) 20th-century dark blue morocco gilt, by Bayntun (Riviere), covers with triple fillet border the innermost fillet interrupted by styllised foliage, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second, the others with a repeat pattern in gilt, gilt edges.
FIRST EDITION of 'Certainly the most beautiful book on Troy ever published' (A.K. Lascarides). In this pioneering work, Gell fixed the site of Troy at Bounarbashi. Abbey Travel 399; Blackmer 660.
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