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SOCIETY OF DILETTANTI, [Ionian antiquities. Part 2]
[Ionian antiquities. Part 2]
Antiquities of Ionia, published by order of the Society of Dilettanti. Part the second.
London:, printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for George Nicol, bookseller to His Majesty,, 1797 [i.e. 1798].
[6], xiv, [1], 16--43, [1] p., LIX, IV pl. (1 fold.) : engr. illus. ; 55.8 cm. (2°)

Although the title-page is dated 1797, copies were probably not available until May 1798. The first part of the Ionian antiquities was published in 1769, with a supplementary 'Chapter IV' added in 1785 (q.v.), and the work was finally completed in three further volumes published in 1840, 1881, and 1915. The architectural plates for the second part were drawn by Nicholas Revett and Luigi Mayer and the topographical views by William Pars; the text was edited from material by Revett and Dr Richard Chandler. The substantial preface has been attributed to Richard Payne Knight. For a detailed bibliographical description and account of the history and background of the work, see notes to the BAL catalogue entries; see also Eileen Harris and Nicholas Savage, English architectural books and writers 1556--1785 (Cambridge 1990), pp. 431--437; and the discussion by Gerald Beasley in National Gallery (Washington), The Mark J. Millard Architectural Collection, vol. II (Washington D.C. 1998), pp. 298--301. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3125; Harris and Savage 850; Millard II, 80 (with the 1821 ed. of the first part); ESTC t104764.

Copy Notes The list of members of the 'Dilettanti Society. MDCCXVII' and 'Contents Of The Two Volumes' are bound at the end in this copy. Bound with the first part (q.v.).

Binding C19th diced russia, gilt triple-rule and guilloche roll-tool borders, thick gilt-ruled spine, direct-lettered in gilt.

Reference Number 6860

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