Travels in Asia Minor: or Account of a Tour Made at the Expense of the Society of Dilettanti. Richard CHANDLER.

Travels in Asia Minor: or Account of a Tour Made at the Expense of the Society of Dilettanti.

Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1775. First edition. 4to. xiv, xiii (3), 283 pp. Contemporary full calf, rebacked to style with repairs to the corners of the boards, spine with raised bands, gilt lettered red label, early ownership inscription to the head of the front free endpaper with an inscription in the same hand correcting the spelling of Mount Pion which the author refers to at several points. Frontispiece folding map. Neat old repair to the verso of the map, very good overall. The first expedition funded by the Society of Dilettanti, Chandler departed from England in 1764. Using Smyrna (Izmir) as his base, his group spent the following year exploring the country before moving onto Greece. It was here that he first discovered the Parthenon in perilous state, acquiring several pieces of the frieze. The expedition was cut short by illness and the group returned to England 1766. The Society's first publication, Ionian Antiquities, was published in 1769, the text composed by Chandler, the architectural drawings and topographical views drawn by his travelling companions Nicholas Revett and William Edmund Pars respectively. This work provides Chandler's full memoir of the first part of the expedition with his account of his travels in Greece published separately the following year. Item #27717

Price: £675.00

See all items in Travel
See all items by