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SOCIETY OF DILETTANTI., Ionian Committee
Report of the committee of the Society of Dilettanti, appointed by the Society to superintend the expedition lately sent by them to Greece and Ionia; containing an abstract of the voyage of the mission, a list of the materials collected by them, and a plan to facilitate the publication of those materials.
London:, printed by order of the Society for the use of the members, by W. Bulmer and Co.,, 1814.
[2], 18 p. ; 25.5 cm. (4º)

Printed for distribution to members of the Society in order to provide an immediate summary account of the results of the expedition which had been undertaken on their behalf between 1811 and 1813 by Sir William Gell, with the assistance of two young architects, Francis O. Bedford and John Peter Gandy (later Deering). All too aware of how chronic shortage of funds and the huge editorial tasks involved had delayed the appearance of the second volume of The antiquities of Ionia (1797) by nearly thirty years, the Ionian Committee proposed an annual 'publications' subscription of 10 guineas per member in addition to 'the guinea which most of us pay as face money' (p.17). The Society's inevitably piecemeal method of financing publication had the fairly foreseeable consequence of allowing for an initial burst in the shape of The unedited antiquities of Ionia (1817), followed by a long lull (or, more charitably, struggle) before any continuation saw the light of day. The so-called third volume of The antiquities of Ionia, when it finally appeared in 1840, failed to include much of the material that its editor William Wilkins had prepared for the completion of the work before his death in 1839. Not until the re-discovery of the original plates at the beginning of this century was the final volume of The antiquities of Ionia published by the Society in 1912. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3132; Hugh Pagan Cat. 57 (2007), no. 100.

Copy Notes Bound (6) in a collection of pamphlets.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, maroon spine-label lettered 'Pamphlets &c', later numbered '32' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 2107


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