WOOD (ROBERT) The Ruins of Balbec, Otherwise Heliopolis in Coelosyria, first edition, 1757
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WOOD (ROBERT)
The Ruins of Balbec, Otherwise Heliopolis in Coelosyria
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Lot Details
[WOOD (ROBERT)]
The Ruins of Balbec, Otherwise Heliopolis in Coelosyria, first edition, 46 engraved plates on 47 sheets (plate 3 in two sections, 10 folding) by P. Foudrinier and T. Major after G. B. Borra, perfortated library stamp on title and each plate, short tear to blank corner of plate 13, light toning throughout, modern maroon half morocco [Blackmer 1835; Cohen-de Ricci 916; Fowler 444; Harris 936], folio (557 X 370mm.), [no publisher], 1757

Footnotes

  • Robert Wood stayed in Balbec for eight days during his tour of the Levant in 1751, having arrived along the caravan route through the desert from Palmyra. Publication of The Ruins was delayed due to other commitments but "the exactitude of Wood's work was appreciated by all reviewers and recognized by later writers on ancient architecture for the valuable contribution it made to scholarship" (Harris).
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