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Painted Tombs in the Necropolis of Marissa (Mareshah), Peters, John; Thiersch, Hermann
1 Peters, John; Thiersch, Hermann Painted Tombs in the Necropolis of Marissa (Mareshah)
London, England Palestine Exploration Fund 1905 First Edition Buckram Very Good No Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
Printed and bound in England. 11.5 x 9 inches. Contemporary heavy-duty, aubergine buckram binding, with gilt-stamped lettering and decorative device to the front board and to the spine, the gilt on the front board still crisp. Blind-stamped rulings to the front and back boards. Moderately bumped spine tail and front corners. Very light shelf rubbing along the bottom edge of the boards, and with minor rubbing elsewhere to the binding. The text block is bound in with exceptional sturdiness. xvii and 100 numbered pages of text. Contains frontispeice plate plus XXII plates, many of which are full page, most in color and the remainder in B&W. Slight and even age-toning to all the pages. Else a very clean copy, and rather tight. Gently read. A Very Good copy. Somewhat rare and hard to find, at least in this condition. "In early June 1902, John Peters, an American theologian, and Hermann Thiersch, a German classical scholar, were alerted to the discovery of two painted burial caves at Marisa/Beit Jibrin, less than 40 miles (62 km) by road southwest from Jerusalem. Tomb robbers had, a short time previously, forced their way into the burial chambers and caused damage to their fabric. Realising that these splendid tombs dated to about 200 BCE and the importance of their painted interiors, the two scholars immediately commissioned a leading Jerusalem photographer, Chalil Raad, to record them. This was fortunate, because the paintings on the soft limestone walls rapidly deteriorated and now can no longer be seen. Peters and Thiersch published a monograph on the painted tombs, illustrated with hand-drawn copies of the photographs.... The paintings are unique in the Greek pictorial repertoire and are among the most important surviving examples of Ptolemaic art." Source: Jacobson, PEF. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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