London: [for the author], 1753.
Pierre Fourdrinier, Thomas Major and J. S. Muller, Jr. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Large Folio. Very Good / No Jacket. Item #002847
Imperial folio (547 x 370 mm). , 50 pp. With 3 full-page engravings of inscriptions in text and 57 full-page engraved plates numbered I-LVII, including folding panoramic plate I assembled in 3 folding sheets. Contemporary full calf, foliated border decoration to board margins in gold, spine with 7 raised bands and lettered in gilt (old rebacking, leather rubbed, wear to extremities, corners scuffed, inner hinges reinforced), marbled endpapers. Only little browning throughout, title with light overall spotting, occasional light marginal spotting elsewhere. Bookplate to front pastedown removed. A fine, wide-margined copy. ----
Cohen-de Ricci 916; Fowler 443; Harris 939. FIRST EDITION OF THIS IMPORTANT SOURCE ON THE RECENTLY-DESTROYED MONUMENTS OF PALMYRA. Wood's work was of profound import for architects in Georgian Britain, and may well prove to be of renewed importance in the years ahead, as Palmyra was reduced virtually to rubble by Islamic State forces in August 2015. The plates imaginatively restore the ruins of Palmyra to their former glory, but Wood also includes several views of the dilapidated columns and arches in situ. The first plate was intended to form a panorama some 1.5 m long. "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). Unlike earlier antiquarian works, Wood measured and recorded proportions of columns and remnants of friezes and ceilings - a pioneering approach that influenced British and French architects throughout the 18th century. 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.This is one of two issues recorded in the ESTC - this with "Page 9.l.26. for emperor's, read emperors." - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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