London: chez A. Millar, dans le Strand, 1753.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Large Folio. Very Good. Item #003737
Large folio (540 x 375 mm). , 50 pp. With 3 full-page engravings of inscriptions in text and 57 full-page engraved plates numbered I-LVII, including double-page folding panoramic plate I assembled in 3 folding sheets, mounted on stub and bound-in before p.37. Contemporary speckled calf, spine with 7 raised bands richly gilt-decorated in compartments and with gilt-lettered red morocco label in second compartment, outer board edges ruled with triple gilt fillet, marbled endpapers, red-dyed edges (head- and tail of spine, lower corners and bottom of rear board expertly repaired). Occasional very light insignificant spotting of plates, very little browning and in all crisp and clean throughout. Provenance: Dampierre (engraved armorial bookplate to front pastedown). ----
Berlin Kat. 1884; Blackmer 1834; Fowler 443; Harris 939; RIBA 3707. FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH and a fine copy. Wood, accompanied by James Dawkins, John Bouverie and the Italian artist and architect Giovanni Battista Borra, travelled extensively in the Levant, reaching the relatively unvisited sites of Palmyra and Balbec in 1751. The Ruins of Palmyra appeared first; the labour and the cost of publishing delayed publication of The Ruins of Balbec until 1757. Walpole praised Wood's work, and the plates of these unfamiliar sites, mainly by Fourdrinier and Major after Giovanni Battista Borra, became an important architectural source. - Visit our website to see more images!
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