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CLARKE, Edward Daniel (1769--1822)
Greek marbles brought from the shores of the Euxine, archipelago, and Mediterranean, and deposited in the vestibule of the public library of the University of Cambridge, by Edward Daniel Clarke, LL.D. ...
Cambridge printed by order of the Syndics of the Press. Sold by Payne, Cadell and Davies, and the booksellers of the two universities, 1809.
[4], vii, [1], 81, [1] p., [4] pl. ; 25.2 cm. (4°)

The colossal statue of Ceres from the Temple at Eleusis was the most important piece in this collection of Greek marbles which was presented by Clarke to Cambridge University on 1 July 1803 (q.v.). The sculptor John Flaxman RA contributed three plates to this publication, showing the statue in its present mutilated state, his conjectural restoration of the statue's face, and a front view of the entire sculpture 'restored from the Eleusinian Fragment and various authentic documents'. It was important however to Clarke to stress that statue itself, like all the other objects in the collection, had been left unrestored. 'Had Ceres gone to Paris,' he claimed, 'she would soon have issued from a French toilet, not only with a new face, but with all her appropriate insignia, her car, dragons, and decorations, until scarce any of the original Marble remained visible.' (p. iii).

Binding C19th half green calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label. Bound by Edwin Hutchionson for 2s. 4d., 26 July 1830. (Spiers Box. Binding 51).

Reference Number 1946


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