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# - [Wood, Robert]
THE RUINS OF PALMYRA, OTHERWISE TEDMOR, IN THE DESART. LONDON, 1753
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163
# - [Wood, Robert]
THE RUINS OF PALMYRA, OTHERWISE TEDMOR, IN THE DESART. LONDON, 1753
Estimate
1,5002,000
JUMP TO LOT

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# - [Wood, Robert]
THE RUINS OF PALMYRA, OTHERWISE TEDMOR, IN THE DESART. LONDON, 1753
Folio (550 x 360mm.), 57 engraved plates, including one folding panorama, 3 full-page illustrations of inscriptions in text, contemporary diced calf gilt, plates slightly spotted, some leaves of text slightly  browned, title spotted, binding somewhat worn, rebacked
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Literature

Blackmer 2834 (French edition of the same year); RIBA 3707

Catalogue Note

"The work was a considerable popular and critical success, for a combination of reasons. In the first place, the remains of Palmyra were ill-known at this date, and the work had the joint appeal of novelty and exoticism... However, probably the most important factors in the success of The ruins of Palmyra were its intrinsic value as a scientific survey of the site... and its beauty as a physical object.'' (RIBA)

Thomas Major, who produced The Ruins of Paestum (see lot 69), was responsible for engraving 3 plates in this work, including plate no.1, the panorama on three sheets.

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