POMPEIANA: The Topography, Edifices and Ornaments of Pompeii

(London: Rodwell and Martin, 1817-1819).

VERY SCARCE FIRST EDITION PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED WITH FINE ENGRAVINGS THROUGHOUT. An especially well-illustrated tour through the ruins of Pompeii which had been buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Sir William Gell (1777-1836), classical archaeologist and traveller, "had obtained from the government special facilities for visiting the excavations, and made very numerous sketches of objects which he declares would otherwise have perished unrecorded" (DNB). This is the first edition of their work published in 1819, with J. P. Gandy, and includes a description of the work that had been thus far undertaken as well as a great many of the sketches of the discoveries made at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is a book written when Greece and even Italy were comparatively little known to English travellers and classical students. Gell's work is still very highly regarded today and in its time and for many years after, remained the standard work on the subject. Item #30368

First edition. Illustrated and complete with fine engravings throughout, including a folding frontispiece of Pompeii, an engraved title-page, the engraved plate of Mount Vesuvius, the map of Pompeii in the Territory of Campagnia, two folding plans of the city and its excavations to 1819 and 77 other finely engraved plates including maps, illustrations of the environs and ruins and a great profusion of engraved vignettes throughout the text. Large 8vo, handsomely bound in fine contemporary full straight-grain morocco, spine in compartments decorated with triple gilt-filleted panels, wide raised bands gilt ruled and with one compartment lettered in gilt, the covers bordered with multi-ruled gilt borders enclosing Regency styled decorative tooling surrounding another triple gilt filleted panel, gilt ruling and dating to the foot of the spine, board edges and turn-ins decorated in gilt, all edges gilt. xxxi, [1 Advertisement], 273, [2, Emendations and Directions to the Binder] pp . A handsome volume, with gilt still fine, internally very bright and fresh, some normal age or evidence of use, the front inner hinge now separated from the textblock, easily refurbished.

Price: $1,500.00