Gell, Sir William. Pompeiana: The Typography, Edifaces And Ornaments Of Pompeii, The Result of Excavations Since 1819. London: Jennings and Chaplin, 1832. Tall 8vo. 2 vols. [8],xxiv,198;[4],207pp. Contemp.[Publisher's?] patterned purple cloth, title gilt (spines faded ) booklabels and stamp of Library of the Glasgow Architectural Society and signature of Charles Wilson; uncut. Port., frontis., 85 (2 colored) engravings, 30 text cuts (13 on china paper and mounted). First Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $375.00

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    "Gell was described by Lady Blessington as "gentle, kind-hearted, and good-tempered," epithets which, judging from other testimonies, he seems to have deserved. He was extremely fond of society, and, according to Dr. Madden, delighted in "lionizing" people, and was "always hankering after patricians." ...Gell had some acquaintance with Oriental languages, but is said not to have much cared for belles-lettres, nor was he a profound scholar. Written when Greece and even Italy were comparatively little known to English travelers and classical students, his works were for some time regarded as standard treatises, and much of the information they contain is still of value to the topographer and archaeologist ...Between 1817 and 1819 he published, aided by J. P. Gandy, his Pompeiana: the Topography, Edifices, &c., London, 8vo. In 1832 he published (alone) Pompeiana: the Topography, Ornaments, &c. 2 vols., London, 4to, giving the results of the Pompeian excavations since 1819. These books were well received in England and on the continent. Gell had obtained from the government special facilities for visiting the excavations and made very numerous sketches (reproduced in the volumes) of objects which he declares would otherwise have perished unrecorded."


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