Lot 296: Stuart (James) and Nicholas Revett - The Antiquities of Athens,
October 27, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 4 vol., first edition , 1 frontispiece portrait, 317 engraved maps, plans, views and other plates, some folding or double-page, numerous engraved head- and tail-pieces, occasional light marginal spotting, Somerhill Library bookplates to front pastedowns, contemporary half morocco over Dutch pink paper covered boards, expertly rebacked preserving the original gilt lettered and numbered spines, edges a little chipped, rubbed, an otherwise bright set, [Blackmer 1017; Cicognara 2713; Fowler 340; Harris 857], folio, John Haberkorn, 1762 [ 1763], John Nichols, 1787, 1794, T. Bensley, for J. Taylor, 1816 (4) First edition of the most comprehensive survey of Athens to date and the wellspring of the Greek revival in England. This work took nearly 70 years to complete. The present set is without only the 5th volume, finally published in 1830, but does include the 4th volume which was also published posthumously to both authors. Stuart provided the architectural drawings and Revett the views.