Book Id: 42787 Athenae Atticae sive, De praecipius Athenarum antiquitatibus, libri iii. Jan de Meurs, Meursius.
Athenae Atticae sive, De praecipius Athenarum antiquitatibus, libri iii
Athenae Atticae sive, De praecipius Athenarum antiquitatibus, libri iii

Athenae Atticae sive, De praecipius Athenarum antiquitatibus, libri iii

Publisher Information: Leiden: 1624.

Meursius [van Meurs], Johannes (1579-1639). Athenae atticae. Sive, de praecipuis Athenarum antiquitatibus, libri III. [8], 184, [24]pp. Leiden: apud Commelinos fratres, 1624. 199 x 154 mm. Paneled calf ca. 1624, rebacked, corners a bit worn. Very good. Engraved armorial bookplate of Thomas Seabright, Baronet (1723-61). From the library of humanist scholar Roberto Weiss (1906-69), with his pencil signature dated 1945 on the front free endpaper; pencil note recording Weiss’s ownership on the front pastedown.

First Edition of the first guidebook to Athens and its antiquities. This copy is from the library of Roberto Weiss, author of The Renaissance Discovery of Classical Antiquity (1969), which had this to say about Meursius’s work:

"Our knowledge of Greek antiquity began rather late. By the middle of the fifteenth century Roman antiquity had already been the object of study for nearly a century and of indiscriminate admiration for much longer. On the other hand, despite Crusades and trade, Latin rule and missionary effort, the archeological study of the Greek world during the Renaissance practically began and ended with Ciraiaco d’Ancona, and by 1455 Ciriaco was dead. After him the Turkish conquest of Byzantine lands put an end to antiquarian travel in Greek territories for about a century; and when Pierre Gilles went to Constantinople in 1546 as an antiquary to the French ambassador, the Renaissance was nearly over. Gilles's two treatises appeared in print only in 1561 and deal with the topography of Constantinople and the Bosporus. No account of the topography of Athens, which is shown as a typically German city in the great Nuremberg chronicle of 1493, was published until 1624, when the Athenae Atticae of Johannes Meursius was issued for the first time. This Leiden professor had deemed it more comfortable to rely on literary sources than to go over to Greece to see for himself. His handbook remained the indispensable guide of every cultivated traveller to Athens for over a century" (p. 113).

Book Id: 42787

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