New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1972. Hardbound. VG- (Slightly aged overall; dj shows some tanning on white portions and light edge wear at head of outer spine; pages are tanning lightly in margins; text and illus. are good.). Light blue cloth, gilt letters on spine; gray and cream and illus. dust jacket. 458 pp. with 51 color and 1334 bw plates and illustrations. "The miniaturist art of gem engraving is here accorded its proper place as one of the major arts. This book presents a comprehensive account of the art in Greek lands from the early Bronze Age down to the Hellenistic period. The whole archaeology of the gems and signet rings -- materials, techniques, shapes-is thoroughly examined; and the subject matter of the engraved scenes is set in its historical and mythological context, revealing much that will be new to students of Greek mythology and iconography." (dj). (Inventory #: 156184)
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