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TWEDDELL, John (1769--1799)
Remains of the late John Tweddell Fellow of Trinity-College Cambridge Being a selection of his letters written from various parts of the continent together with a republication of his Prolusiones juveniles To which is adjoined an appendix containing some account of the author's journals MSS. collections drawings &c. and of their extraordinary disappearance Prefixed is a brief biographical memoir by the editor the Rev. R. Tweddell A.M. Illustrated with portraits picturesque views and maps
London: printed for J. Mawman; by Joyce Gold, 1815.
[4], 24, 21*--24*, [25]--479, [1], 179, [1] p., engr. frontis., [10] engr. pl. (2 ports., 3 maps) : wdcut illus. ; 28.8 cm. (4º)

The title-page is unpunctuated. Dedication to 'The Governor ... Of The Company Of Merchants Of England Trading Into The Levant-Seas ...'. Publisher's advertisements on final page. John Tweddell was a brilliant classical scholar who had died suddenly of fever while in Greece. The present volume, edited by his brother, consists largely of letters he had sent home during his travels in Europe and the Levant. A mystery, however, surrounds the fate of his extensive journals and hundreds of drawings in which he is said to have recorded the results of a close study of the architecture of ancient Greece made during a four-month stay in Athens in 1795, and which apparently came into the possession of Lord Elgin. The present work, edited by his brother Robert, is a curious blend, being part memorial to the unfortunate Tweddell, and part a vicious attack on Elgin (who in 1815 was trying to arrange the sale of his Marbles to the nation, q.v.), to which Lord Elgin replied with a Letter to the editor of the Edinburgh Review (q.v.). The plates, showing views of sites on the Grand Tour, portraits, maps and costumes, are engraved by James Smith from drawings by Préaux and other artists; the woodcut illustrations include Tweddell's signature in facsimile, a plan of the Acropolis and a map of the Piraeus. The frontispiece portrait is an unsigned silhouette portrait of the author and is protected by a tissue-guard. The 'Prolusiones Juveniles' (first published in 1792) consist of essays and poems in Greek, Latin and English for which Tweddell had been awarded prizes at Cambridge, including the the Browne Medal in 1788 and 1789. Byron was instrumental in erecting a memorial to Tweddell. Blackmer 1690.

Copy Notes Bought from Joseph Mawman per James Moyes for £2 10s. 6d. on 20 July 1815; a copy of the 1815 edition of Elgin's Pursuits (q.v.) was purchased on the same occasion. (Archives 7/6/52). Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane / 1815 and with the price paid on the front pastedown. 'Prolusiones ...' unopened. Scrap of folded paper inserted as bookmark at pp. 204-5.

Binding C19th publisher's original grey-paper boards, printed paper spine-label reading 'Remains Of The Late John Tweddell. Price 3l. 3s. 1815.'.

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