London: Phaidon, 1968. Hardcover. G (DJ has moderate edge wear at heel of outer spine and is somewhat soiled; edges of book block have some some marks; former owner name and year on first page; text page surfaces are otherwise clean; plate pages are tanning lightly.). Off-white cloth, brown title block and gilt letters on spine, brown circle and gilt decoration on front cover, light orange dust jacket, 339 pp., 876+ BW illus. The first volume only of the two-volume set, The Engraved Gems of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. Also the first comprehensive book on these classical engraved gems, which resemble coins and medals, and not jewelry, as the term "gem" may suggest. (The Roman gems are addressed in the second volume.) "Gives a representative selection of 695 Greek and 181 Etruscan examples, taken from all major European and American collections, to bring home the beauty and the interest of these stones. ... The material is arranged chronologically, with an introductory chapter for each period, preceded by a general introduction dealing with the uses of engraved gems, the choice of designs, the materials used, the technique, and the information we have about the artists. The book thus presents a history of Greek art in miniature." (dj). (Inventory #: 156218)
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