The Antiquities of Palmyra. Containing the History of the City, and its Emperors, from its Foundation to the Present Time. With an Appendix of Critical Observations on the Names, Religion, and Government of the Country. And a Commentary on the Inscriptions lately found there.
by SELLER, Abdenego.
Two engraved plates (one very long & the other double-page). 24 p.l., 382 pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. panelled calf (head of spine a little chipped, short split at head of lower joint), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine (flaked). London: S. Smith & B. Walford, 1696. First edition of the first work on the city of Palmyra, a great commercial center for trade in the early Christian period and "mistress of the Roman East," known for its wonderful archeological ruins. Seller (1646/47-1705), provides here the first description of the magnificent ruins. The first plate is very long (17 x 72 cm.) and provides a wonderful panorama of the ruins in the courtyard of the Temple of the Sun. The double-page plate depicts coins. Very good copy. The long plate has several repairs to folds on verso without loss. Old faint library stamp on second preliminary leaf. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5133)
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