Middleton John Izard

GRECIAN REMAINS IN ITALY, A DESCRIPTION OF CYCLOPIAN WALLS, AND OF ROMAN ANTIQUITIES. With topological and picturesque views of Ancient Latium.

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In folio (mm. 471x325), elegante legatura in p. pelle coeva, ricca cornice dorata e a secco ai piatti, dorso a cordoni con decorazioni e titolo oro, dentelles dorate ai risguardi, tagli dorati, pp. (2),50, (manca l’occhietto), superbamente illustrato f.t. da 23 tavole, colorate a mano d’epoca e incise all’acquatinta da Matthew Dubourg, Joseph Jeakes e John Swaine, su disegni di Phillip Giuntotardi e J.J. Middleton, (rilegate nel seguente ordine), che raffigurano: “A view of Rome from the Monte Mario - View from the summit of Monte Cavo - Continuation of the view from the summit of Monte Cavo (tutte a doppia pagina) /// View of an ancient tomb near the scite of Bovilloe /// View from the grotto of the convent of the Capuchins at Albano /// Ancient tomb in the garden at Pallazuola /// Albano from the road to the lake /// Lake of Albano. 1st view /// Lake of Albano. 2nd view /// Nymphoeum on the borders of the Lake of Albano /// Emissary of the Lake of Nemi /// General view of the town of Cora /// Remains of the Temple of Hercules at Cora /// General view of the scite of the ancient city of Norba /// Exterior of the great cyclopian gate at Norba /// Ruins of the town of Nympha /// A cyclopian gate at Segni /// Pointed cyclopian gate at Segni /// Exterior view of the Porta San Pietro at Altari /// Exterior of the great cyclopian gate of the ancient citadel of Alatri /// Interior of the great cyclopian gate of the citadel of Alatri /// Small cyclopian gate of the citadel of Alatri /// Lake of Giuliano. In fine 2 tavole “A” e “B”, inc. al tratto, che raffigurano porte, ruderi ecc. Il testo è così suddiviso: “Introductory chapter - The mode of construction called cyclopian - The Siculi, the Aborigines, Pelasgians, and other original inhabitants of Latium - The first Latin Kings - Road from Rome to Albano - Albano - Nemi, the Lake, and environs. Velletri, and the road to Cora. Cora. Road to Norba, by Nympha and the Pontine Marshes. Segni. The Hernici. and their Capital, Ferentinum. The Cyclopian Remains at Alatri. Road from Ferentino to Palestrina. Palestrina. Journey from Palestrina to Rome, by the Lake Regillus and Gabii”. "Rara prima edizione" di questa importante opera archeologica e artistica, realizzata in un lasso di tempo di ben 9 anni: il frontespizio è datato 1812 (ma 1819), dato che le tavole sono state stampate nel 1811 e nel 1819. Il ns. esemplare inoltre contiene un testo su carta filigranata 1805 e 1818. “John Izard Middleton (1785-1849), archeologo americano e artista nato alle porte di Charleston, South Carolina, da Maria Izard e Arthur Middleton (uno dei firmatari della Dichiarazione d'Indipendenza). Fu definito il “primo archeologo classico americano” da Charles Eliot Norton e spese la maggior parte della sua vita viaggiando tra Francia e Italia, restando particolarmente attratto dal territorio ricco di storia antica dei Castelli Romani; fece osservazioni e disegni che sono ancora oggi un’importante testimonianza del paesaggio storico di quel territorio”. “.. In the Introductory Chapter the author says that it is his intention to give an idea of those monuments in Latium which are of a date anterior to Roman greatness. In work of this kind, he says, ‘The artist is perhaps of more real use than the scholar. I for this reason adopted the plan of making a collection of very accurate drawings. The views, therefore, which are now offered to the public are not meant merely to accompany the text; they are the principal object of this publication’.. The volume appeared at an unfortunate moment for obtaining the notice it deserved. The last years of the struggle with Napoleon were too full of immediate interest to permit much attention to antiquity. Mr. Middleton's book disappeared from view before its value was recognized, and before securing for its author the repute which he deserved. His name is not found in Allibone's Dictionary; his book is not mentioned by Brunet, or Graesse.. A brief and insufficient notice of Mr. Middleton is contained in Appleton's Cyclopaedia; but his name has been generally forgotten, and his work has been unknown to those who have followed him in the same field of study. Even if his book had little original value, had become antiquated, and were now superseded, it would still deserve to be rescued from oblivion, as the first contribution made by an American to the knowledge of classical antiquity”. (Cfr. Norton C.E. in “The American Journal of Archaeology..» Vol. 1, No. 1 (Jan., 1885), pp. 3-9). Cfr. anche Benezit,IX, p. 601 che dell’artista americano così precisa: “Middleton I.J ou J.J., XVIII-XIX siècles. Actif en Angleterre. Dessinateur d’architectures. Il vécut et travailla en Italie. En 1812, il publia une suite de dessins sur les "Vestiges de la Grèce en Italie" - Borroni “Bibl. dell’archeologia classica..”,8251 - Tooley, English books with coloured plates, n. 328. Con qualche lieve traccia d’uso e lieve alone margin. sulle ultime 3 carte, altrimenti esemplare ben conservato.

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