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Les Ruines de Balbec, autrement dite Heliopolis dans la Coelosyrie.


London, (No printer), 1757. Large folio. (56x38 cm.). Contemp. full mottled calf. Spine richly gilt and with gilt lettering. Spine rubbed. Wear to spine ends. Some cracks along hinges. Corners a bit bumped. Some nicks to bottom edges. (2),28 pp. and 46 fine engraved plates, many double-page and folded, some triple-page and plate III in 4- plate size (partly bound at end). Title-page a bit browned, a fes minor scattered brownspots. ¶ Scarce first edition of this unsurpassed investigation of the rediscovered ruins of Baalbek ("City of the Sun", Lebanon/Syria) and the premier city in Roman Syria. The work was published at the same time in both English and French, here the French version is offered.

"In 1750-1751 Wood travelled around the Levant with two wealthy young Oxford scholars James Dawkins and John Bouverie (who died of a fever early in their expedition) and an Italian draftsman Giovanni Battista Borra. Their primary goal was to explore the Troad and locate the key sites mentioned by Homer. Moving south into Syria, they then took careful measurements and drawings of the ancient Roman ruins of Palmyra and Baalbek. The results of these were published in 1753 and 1757 in both English and French editions and were among the first systematic publications of ancient buildings. Both works were of great influence on neoclassical architecture in Britain, Continental Europe and America. From 1753 to 1756, Wood was the tutor and travelling-companion (or Bear-leader as such men were known at the time) of the young Duke of Bridgewater, the richest peer in England, in making the Grand Tour."(Wikipedia)

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