1817 Excavations of Pompeii 1stEdition Full Leather Color Plates Fine Engravings
GELL, William (1777–1836) and John P. GANDY (1787–1850). Pompeiana: The Topography, Edifices, and Ornaments of Pompeii. London: printed for Rodwell and Martin, 1817–1819. 8vo 9.5" Tall. Engraved frontispiece, map, 2 folding plans, 77 engraved plates including several folding (one hand–colored plate and one colored line drawing), emendations and directions to the binder leaf at rear. (Intermittent foxing to plates near margins). 19th century brown morocco ruled in blind, turnip tool at corners, raised bands, compartments with turnip device and gilt titles, all edges gilt, gilt fillet turn–ins, marbled endpapers (a bit of rubbing at joints to all 3 volumes with a few professional touch ups). FIRST EDITION, of the first account of Pompeii in English with many plates based on Gell’s own sketches and is considered the definitive work on the excavations of Pompeii. Blackmer 666 (large paper copy). –– [TOGETHER WITH:] GELL, William, Sir. Pompeiana: The Topography, Edifices, and Ornaments of Pompeii. the Result of Excavations Since 1819. London: Lewis A. Lewis, 1835. 2 volumes, 8vo. Frontispieces, engraved title in Volume I, 86 plates (2 hand–colored), 30 in text vignettes on india paper (intermittent foxing near margins, offsetting from plates to text). Uniformly bound with the first edition. Provenance: Ferrers Bateman, Ampleforth College (neat ownership inscription); R.E. Peach (bookseller’s ticket). Later edition incorporating the results of the latest excavations at Pompeii.