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GELL, Sir William.
Pompeiana: the Topography, Edifices and Ornaments of Pompeii, the Result of Excavations Since 1819.

Published
London: J. Haddon for Jennings and Chaplin, 1832.
References
BAL 1193; Brunet II col. 1526; Furchheim Bibliografia di Pompei Ercolano e Stabia (2nd ed.) pp. 37-8 (incorrectly calling for 30 vignettes on india); Lowndes p. 872
Plates
2
Binding/Size
S=8vo
Value
0-5000
Published
London: J. Haddon for Jennings and Chaplin, 1832.
Ref
596

8vo. 2 volumes. Contemporary green roan gilt boards with borders of broad and narrow gilt rules enclosing blind-tooled panels gilt-tooled board-edges and turn-ins spines gilt and lettered at the head lemon-yellow endpapers all edges gilt; pp. I: [8] xxiv 198; II: [4] 207 [1 (imprint)]; stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece by Fenner Sears & Co. after Unwins engraved additional title by Henry Moses after Gell engraved frontispiece by F.J. Havell after W. Havell 77 engraved plates by H. Moses. J. Henshall F.J. Havell J.C. Varrall et al. after Gell or after Thomas Scandrett after Gell 2 hand-coloured six engraved plans 26 mounted engraved head- and tailpieces on India woodcut tailpieces and illustrations in the text; slightly rubbed and scuffed spines slightly faded occasional light spotting and offsetting portrait, and additional title browned frontispiece spotted but a fresh set nonetheless in an attractive Regency binding. First edition. Following travels in Greece, which led to the publication of several accounts, Gell traveled to Italy with Princess Caroline in 1814, where he devoted himself to the study of Italian antiquities. Most unusually, Gell was granted permission by the Italian government to observe the excavations at Pompeii, and he produced a large number of drawings, including some 'of objects which he declared would otherwise have perished unrecorded' (ODNB) using a camera lucida. These images, accompanied by a text provided by J.P. Gandy, were published as Pompeiana (London: 1817-1819). This first series was followed by the present second series in 1832, composed of both plates and text by Gell, and was initially issued in 12 parts between 1830 and 1832; further editions of the second series appeared in 1835 and 1837. Although the copies described by BAL and Furchheim both bear the imprint of T. Davison on the versos of the titles and at the foot of the final leaf of volume II this set was printed by J. Haddon, whose imprint occurs in these three places indicating either that the printer of the parts issue was different to that of the volume issue or that the first edition in book form exists in two issues (the present set appears not to have been bound from parts). Coloured plates in order: 1. Pompeii. Wall of the Pantheon. 2. Pompeii. Mosaic Pavement.