Lot 114: (ARCHITECTURE.) Wood, Robert and James Dawkins. Les Ruines de Palmyre autrement dite Tedmor, au Désert.

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December 1, 2016
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Description: (ARCHITECTURE.) Wood, Robert and James Dawkins. Les Ruines de Palmyre autrement dite Tedmor, au Désert. 57 engraved plates, including a folding plate of Palmyra, plus 3 tables. Folio, 525x340 mm; 20 3/4x13 3/8 inches, rebacked in 20th-century brown morocco with red calf gilt lettering piece and gold bands over original boards, moderate edgewear; scattered light foxing, mostly to text leaves, a few repaired short tears, dampstaining to last third of contents, in gutter, but creeping into some of the plates. London: A Millar, 1753
Notes: first edition in french published simultaneously with the English edition. Wood and Dawkins traveled throughout Asia Minor in the late 1840s and were at Palmyra in 1850. Wood published this acclaimed work in 1853, the first account of Palmyra to be illustrated with numerous detailed images after J. B. Borra, the Italian architect who accompanied them. William Halifax''s study of the region, published in 1695, was nominally illustrated with fairly simple engravings. Blackmer, 1834; Fowler 443.
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