London: John Murray, 1883. Early Reprint. Decorative Cloth. Third Edition, complete in two volumes. Tall, thick 8vo's: cxxviii,501,; xv,,579, with two folding maps and numerous wood-engraved plates of antiquities and architectural remains and plans of the larger sites. Publisher's green cloth, covers paneled in blind and stamped in gilt, spines decorated and lettered in gilt, fore-edges untrimmed, chocolate-brown end papers, title pages in red and black. Provenance: small book trade labels (Flor & Findel, Florence) to front paste downs, contemporary owner's elegant script ("Carol Gray / Firenze / Italia") to front fly leaves. An about Fine set, bindings square and tight with bright gilt; pages, maps, and illustrations clean, crisp and unmarked. Scarce thus. Fine-. Item #BB0922
Dennis was the first modern investigator of ancient Etruria and Etruscan archaeological sites, and this, his magnum opus, is the most complete and authoritative 19th-century account of the ancient Etruscan civilization, first published in 1848. It was the result of his extensive travels in Etruria, often in the company of the artist Samuel Ainsley, exploring Tarquinia and other important Etruscan sites. Originally written as a guide for tourists, Dennis's study describes Etruscan antiquities in vivid detail, with major centers given separate section for each city and cemetery. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.