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WHELER, Sir George (1650--1723)
[Journey into Greece. 1682]
A journey into Greece, by George Wheler Esq; in company of Dr Spon of Lyons. In six books. Containing I. A voyage from Venice to Constantinople. II. An account of Constantinople and the adjacent places. III. A voyage through the lesser Asia. IV. A voyage from Zant through several parts of Greece to Athens. V. An account of Athens. VI. Several journeys from Athens, into Attica, Corinth, Bœotia, &c. With variety of sculptures.
London: printed for William Cademan, Robert Kettlewell, and Awnsham Churchill, 1682.
[14], 80, 177--483, [1] p., engr. fold. map, [7] pl. : engr. illus. ; 30.3 cm. (2º)

The text is continuous despite irregular pagination and register. Wheler, a clergyman and scholar, undertook a continental tour in 1673. In 1675 he met Jacques Spon, a doctor from Lyon, in Venice, and the two men travelled together in Greece in 1675–-6. Both published an account of their adventures, Spon in 1678 and Wheler in 1682. Wheler's Journey into Greece contains numerous illustrations of inscriptions, coins, plants, and buildings (including the Parthenon before the fateful explosion of 1687), but is "much disfigured by misprints (which the author took the trouble to correct in a copy he presented to his college)" (ODNB). In the preface of the French translation, 1689 (reprinted 1723, q.v.), Wheler is complimented for the improved accuracy of his map of Greece. The depictions of the coin shown in Fig. 128--9 on the last pl. are the first illustrations of a bronze coin of the Achaian Federation, although Wheler would not have known, the word ΑΚΑΙΩΝ being off the flan. Wheler's collection was housed in a cabinet in the library of Durham Cathedral, and the coin is now in the BM. ESTC r9388.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Bought from Thomas Boone for 14s. on 5 February 1808. (Spiers Box). Front paste-down inscribed in ink 0/14/0.
Copy 2: 29.2 cm. Imperfect; wanting pages 179--82. Pages 177--8 and 183--4 present in duplicate. The four full-sized plates of coins bound at start of text, before the map. Bought from Lackington, Allen & Co. for 1 guinea on 26 April 1806. (Archive 16/12/29). Inscribed in ink on first front free-endpaper, partly rubbed out, Lewis Johnson, and in pencil on verso of second front free-endpaper C.P.H. £1.1.0/ rare.

Binding Copy 1: C17th blind-panelled sheep, blind double-rule spine, maroon spine-label.
Copy 2: C17th mottled calf, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label.

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