The topography of Troy, and its vicinity. N° de ref. de la librería
Sinopsis: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1804 Excerpt: ...with regard to the tomb of Antilochus, that a line drawn through those points would also pass through the summit of Ida, which appears towering above such of its branches as immediately encircle the plain. If then the mountain can be so plainly discovered from the shore, it was no great stretch of imagination in the poet to represent the most powerful of the gods as looking down from thence on the battles of Troy; nor is this less allowable with regard to the summit near the promontory of Lectos. The situation of the city Troy may be discovered by carrying the eye from the summit of Ida toward the right, till the view of the distant mountains becomes for a short space intercepted by a more lofty point of the nearer hills. This point will be easily distinguished by a few trees on its summit, and immediately below it is the hill on which the city was erected. The little village and mosque of Bounarbashi, now standing near the site of the Scaean gate, are perceptible, and above them the houses seem to have risen gradually upon the slope of the hill, where the Acropolis or Pergama is known by two tumuli, which occupy the summit. The Simois, after rising in the heights of Ida, at a considerable distance from the Hellespont, flows thought that Troy might be discovered somewhere in this vicinity. Whoever will take the trouble to look at the view, will see that nothing can be more faithful than the account of the geographer, and that the remark of Mr. Bryant, who cites Homer to prove that the hill lay before the city, and not nearer to Ida, only shows that the Pagus was not the Troy of Priam, which Strabo decidedly delivers as his own sentiment; observing that the real Troy lay somewhere in the neighbourhood, an opinion equally agreeable to truth. II. xx. 151. and ...
Título: The topography of Troy, and its vicinity
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Descripción London C. Whittingham, for T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1804. "Certainly the Most Beautiful Book on Troy Ever Published" GELL, W[illiam]. The Topography of Troy, and Its Vicinity; Illustrated and Explained by Drawings and Descriptions. Dedicated by Permission, to her Grace The Duchess of Devonshire. London: C. Whittingham, for T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1804. First edition. Folio. [iv], 124 pp. Uncut in contemporary marbled boards, rebacked and recornered. (Measures 17 1/4 inches x 10 3/4 inches). With red morocco spine label. With twenty-eight plates and illustrations, including colored vignette-etching on title-page, nine colored etchings, nineteen colored aquatints (some folding), one uncolored aquatint, and the heads of eleven pages (see Abbey). One page with inner margin tape repair, minor toning throughout. Fine. Rare. "Gell visited the Troad between December 2 and December 7, 1801 on his first trip to Greece, in the company of Edward Dodwell (1767-1832) and a certain Mr. Atkins. He used with consummate skill a camera lucida to produce in a very short time extremely accurate sketches. The production of this handsome folio with its forty-five plates was meant to supply accurate illustrations of the scenery covering the whole region of the, so far, purely literary dispute on Troy. Gell adhered strictly to the Bunarbashi theory. Bryon disliked him and made scathing remarks on 'rapid' Gell in the fifth edition of English Bards and Scoth Reviewers, saying in a note: 'Rapid indeed! He topographized and typographized King Priam's dominions in three days.' In fact Gell spent five days in the area and the result was certainly the most beautiful book on Troy ever published. It is dedicated to the Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806), the 'Beautiful Georgiana,' wife of the fifth Duke, who was pleased '.to express.an interest highly gratifying' on matters concerning Troy. The interest in topography of that region was still as intense in 1804 as it had been in 1791. 'The controversy on the subject of Troy, which had long employed the ingenuity and abilities of some of the most learned men in Europe, imparted new charms and increasing interest, to the contemplation of scenes already made sufficiently engaging, the writings of the poet and historian.' —Lilly. The illustrations in this work were made with the use of the Camera Lucida. The process and term was first described by Robert Hooke (1635-1703), where a picture of anything might be reflected by use of a mirror through a convex lens and a hole onto a white background. William Hyde Wollaston, introduced in 1807, a somewhat unrelated device of the same name, commonly used to draw with. This device must have been similar to that which Gell used on his work. "A classical scholar of some repute, educated at Jesus College, Cambridge, and widely traveled in Greece and Asia Minor, Gell became, with his many publications, the leading topographer of classical lands before the arrival of William Martin Leake. Sent on a mission to the Ionian Islands, he was knighted in 1803, went out to Greece for a second, extensive tour in 1804-1806, and was elected a member of the Society of Dilettanti in 1807. He was an entertaining man with a relish for the company of eminent person. Thus he became Chamberlain to Queen Caroline in 1814, and was involved in giving evidence at her notorious trial in 1820. The last years of his life were spent in Italy." Abbey, Travel, 399. Blackmer Sale 616 (brought $6,250 Oct. 1989). Blackmer Library 660. Gernsheim, The History of Photography. Lilly Library, The Search for Troy, 81. HBS 66791. $7,500. Nº de ref. de la librería 66791