ETRUSCAN BOLOGNA: A Study

ETRUSCAN BOLOGNA: A Study

(London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1876).

NOW SCARCE AND A HANDSOME FIRST EDITION. An account of recent archaeological investigations and discoveries in Italy, with a long section on its ancient and modern languages. Burton had hands-on experience digging for Etruscan artifacts near Bologna on the land of Count Gozzadini. He was also friendly with several professors from the University of Bologna-- Calori, Fabretti, and Capellini, and included their findings in this work. Essentially a guidebook for the region, it covers the new and old sections of the city, a comprehensive look at the rich archaeological collections in its museums, a history of Estruscan excavations from the area, and an analysis of the ancient language. Burton found the Bologna region a vast repository of Estruscan antiquities.
The book contains a significant number of important illustrations and plans, including examples of the written language. Burton attempted to decipher the mystery of its symbols, but failed to do so.
Burton’s “Etruscan Bologna” is a serious, scholarly archaeological survey without his usual cynical wit. It was badly received in England, most reviewers found the book lifeless or superficial. The Gazette however championed Burton, “But it is indeed a novelty to see this hard student, this desperately learned man, charged with shallowness, with inaccuracy and hasty incompleteness...It will be amusing to follow the pygmies in their task of assailing the learned modern Gulliver.”. Item #21920

First edition. Folding table, 27 black & white illustrations and plans in text. 8vo, publisher’s original gray-blue cloth with gilt pictorial design of ‘Misanello Restored’ on the upper cover between black decorated borders, the spine lettered in gilt and the lower cover bordered in blind. xii, errata, 275, (1) pp. A very handsome and very nice copy with some minimal evidence of use or age, inner hinges strong and the text-block tight, pages clean. Quite a nice copy with the folding plate in nice condition.

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