Allason Thomas

PICTURESQUE VIEWS OF THE ANTIQUITIES OF POLA, IN ISTRIA. The plates engraved by W.B. Cooke, George Cooke, Henry Moses, and Cosmo Armstrong.


Note Bibliografiche

In folio (mm. 543x379), mz. pelle coeva con ang., titolo oro al dorso, pp. (8),67, molto ben illustrato da 4 vignette nel testo che raffigurano: “Acropolis of Athens - Fragments found at Elis - Fragments of Stelae - Antique statue of Bacchus” e, come da Indice, da 10 stupende tavole protette da velina (di cui 2 contrassegnate “Proof”, in basso a dx), tutte inc. in rame, su disegni di Allason. Le tavole rappresentano: “Antiquities of Pola (drawn by J.M.W. Turner from the original sketches by Tho. Allason) - View of Trieste - General view of Pola - The Amphitheatre - The Temple of Augustus - Posterior view of the two temples - The Arch of the Sergh - Side view of the Arch of the Sergh - Gateway - Plans of the Buildings at Pola (Arch - Amphitheatre - Temple of Augustus)”. L’opera, divisa in due parti, inizia con una “Introduction” (pp. 1-10), seguita dal testo descrittivo dell’Amphitheatre - The Two Temples (Augustus and Diana) - Arch of the Sergh - Gateway” (pp. 11-22). Da pag. 25 alla fine: “Remarks on the ancient and modern history of Istria and Dalmatia, elucidatory of the origin, manners, and customs of their present inhabitants”. "First edition", complete of text and plates. Cfr. Borroni,7445 - Brunet,I,188: “Bel ouvrage” - Graesse,I,79 - Combi “Saggio di bibliografia istriana”,3028 - Fossati Bellani,7445. “Allason, an architect, travelled in Greece, 1814-15, as draughtsman to John and Edward Spencer Stanhope, and he produced the drawings for their works on Plataea, Olympia and Elis. Allason claimed to be the first to observe the entasis of Greek columns.The journey to Pola, the only maritime town of Istria to retain its ancient buildings, was made via Trieste while he was travelling with the Stanhopes. Allason dedicated his work to the Society of Dilettanti, which had long been interested in Pola and had wanted to erect a building of its own in Piccadilly modeled on the temple at Pola. The many surviving ancient Roman buildings and structures of Pola include its famous first century amphitheatre, one of the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world, the Arch of Sergeii, the temple of Rome and Augustus, and the Gate of Hercules, all of which are illustrated in the plates”. Cfr. Blackmer, 25. Solo qualche lieviss. fiorit. o traccia d’uso margin., altrimenti esemplare ben conservato.

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