(London: Printed for J. Robson, 1777). 220 x 132 mm. (8 5/8 x 5 1/4"). xv, [i], 296 pp. FIRST EDITION.
Contemporary red straight-grain morocco, covers with gilt rule border, flat spine divided into panels by single gilt rules, gilt titling, turn-ins densely gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. WITH A LOVELY CONTEMPORARY FORE-EDGE PAINTING OF THE ACROPOLIS. Front pastedown with bookplate of Robert S. Pirie. Spine just slightly darkened, trivial wear at head, two-inch scratch to rear board, faint spotting to boards, isolated mild foxing or small marginal smudges, but still an excellent copy, clean and fresh in a sound and pleasing binding, and THE FORE-EDGE PAINTING STILL SHARP AND WELL PRESERVED.
This history of Athens in its Golden Age is adorned with a fore-edge painting depicting the Acropolis, its highest point geographically and culturally, dominated by the great temple to Athena, the Parthenon. We see it rising in the distance from the vantage point of a road leading toward the city, with the columns of the Agora and the red-roofed buildings of the lower city in the foreground. The sheer rock escarpments rise to dominate the center of the painting, topped by the shining white temples to Greek gods, art, and culture. In the text of the present volume, Sir William Young (1749-1815) follows the rise of the republic of Athens in 508 until its fall 187 years later, discussing military and political issues in the first part of the book, and the philosophy, economics, and arts in the second. (ST13102)
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