London: Bell & Daldy, 1867. Original engravings, woodcuts, maps. First Edition. Cloth. Thick 8vo, green cloth with gold lettering on spine, illustrated with 8 engravings on steel and wood plus 277 woodcuts, a large fold-out map & a plan of the Forum, brown endpapers, xvi + 579 pages. Near Fine / None. Item #3029
Comprehensive and exceptionally well illustrated Victorian study of Pompeii.
Pompeii was an ancient Roman city near modern Naples in the Campania region of Italy, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area (e.g. at Boscoreale, Stabiae), was buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Many of the inhabitants were also buried before they could escape.
Giuseppe Fiorelli took charge of the excavations in 1863. During early excavations of the site, occasional voids in the ash layer had been found that contained human remains. It was Fiorelli who realised these were spaces left by the decomposed bodies and so devised the technique of injecting plaster into them to recreate the forms of Vesuvius's victims.
Solid, clean, copy of this detailed study. Bookplate on front pastedown.