Pausanius Description of Greece 1794

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Lot 179: Author: Pausanias. Title: The Description of Greece...Translated from the Greek, with Notes in Which Much of the Mythology of the Greeks is Unfolded. Place Published: London. Publisher: R. Faulder. Date Published: 1794. Description: 3 volumes. xvi, 444; (iv) , 383; (iv) 423, (1) pp. All half titles present. 1 (of 2) folding maps; 5 engraved folding plates. (8vo) 20.5x12.5 cm (8x5") later three-quarter morocco and marbled boards, spines. First Edition in English. Translated by Thomas Taylor. Pausanias, probably a native of Lydia, lived in the second century A.D. and his work takes the form of a tour in the Peloponnesus and in part of northern Greece. Pausanias provides historical backgrounds and gives descriptions of memorials, religious art and architecture, interesting superstitions and customs of the people, and occasional notes on the natural features of products of a region. Each volume with a presentation bookplate from the Library Company of Philadelphia as part of a gift bequeathed in the Year 1803 by Rev. Samuel Preston of Chevening, Kent, England. The duplicate/sold stamp of the Library Company on each bookplate. Call numbers on spines, bookplates, card pockets, etc on endpapers, no library markings within. Condition: Rubbed, free endpapers detached or lacking; some foxing, an occasional pencil mark within; good. PBA Galleries' Rare Books & Manuscripts Sunday, 1st November 2015 Estimate: $500-$800
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