WHELER, George.

A Journey into Greece,

in company of Dr Spon of Lyons. In six books. Containing I. A voyage from Venice to Constantinople. II. An account of Constantinople and the adjacent places. III. A voyage through the Lesser Asia. IV. A voyage from Zant through several parts of Greece to Athens. V. An account of Athens. VI. Several journeys from Athens, into Attica, Corinth, Boeotia, &c. With variety of sculptures.

London: printed for William Cademan, Robert Kettlewell, and Awnsham Churchill, 1682 Stock Code: 144658
£2,500.00
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The first attempt at a systematic topographical description of Greece

First edition of Wheler's account of his travels through Greece and Constantinople in 1675-76.

Wheler was particularly interested in botany and topography, and this was the first work to attempt a systematic topographical description of Greece. The book is extensively illustrated with engravings of inscriptions, coins, plants, and buildings, including an illustration of the Parthenon before the fateful explosion of 1687. It remained the standard English book on Greece for many years, despite never being reprinted.

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Description

Folio (299 x 184 mm). Contemporary calf, covers ruled in blind with blind floral cornerpieces, red edges.

Illustrations

Folding map, 4 engraved full-page plates of coins, 3 small plates; engraved illustrations in text throughout.

Condition

Very light residue of old label to spine, calf with slight craquelure, hinges a little tender without split to calf, small wormhole and creasing to front endpapers, short closed tear at foot of third plate of coins, contents clean and crisp, minor peripheral paper faults, folding map and one small plate expertly re-inserted. An excellent copy.

Bibliography

Atabey 1328; Blackmer 1786; ESTC R9388 (note erroneously calling for 9 plates); Wing W1607.

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