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Antiquities of Ionia
Antiquities of Ionia
Society of Dilettanti (London, England)
Physical Description:
5 volumes : illustrations, plates, maps, plans, diagrams ; 55-59 cm
General Note:
Part 1 has title: Ionian antiquities, published with permission of the Society of dilettanti by R. Chandler, N. Revett [and] W. Pars.

Part 1 was published 1769; pt. 2, 1797; pt. 3, 1840; pt. 4, 1881; pt. 5, 1915. In the introduction to pt. 5, the following statement is made, "The plates now published in this volume for the first time were engraved between 1820 and 1840 from the drawings made by the members of the second Ionian mission sent out by the Society of dilettanti in 1811. These engravings were to have been issued in a companion volume to part III ... It was delayed, however, by the death in 1839 of William Wilkins, R.A., who had been the architectural expert of the society from the time of the mission, and was acting as editor of the work ...

The engraved plates were thus forgotten until a set of proofs of them were given by the society in 1912 to the Royal institute of British architects, together with many of the original drawings ... They complete the important work, which was carried on for so long a time by the Society of the dilettanti ... The drawings given in 1912 ... were the whole of those remaining in the possession of the society so far as architecture is concerned. They comprise the originals of most of the plates now published, together with many others from Myra and Telmessius which have not been engraved."
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