Archaeologia Graeca; by POTTER, John (1673-1747).

POTTER, John (1673-1747).

Archaeologia Graeca; or, the antiquities of Greece. The fourth edition. London, Sam Palmer for J. Knapton, 1722.

Fourth Edition. Two volumes, 8vo, I: pp. [8], 464, [28], with 8 engraved plates (1 folding); pp. II: pp. [4], 420, [36], with 22 engraved plates (1 folding), occasional toning or very slight offsetting from plates, bound in contemporary panelled calf, double blind ruled, large fleurons to corners, border with roll of fleurons in blind to centre panel, raised bands, spine gilt, gilt-lettered morocco label, upper hinges starting, upper joints a bit cracked, small old stain to upper boards, with the slightly later manuscript ex-libris of John Postham(?) Newport to front free endpapers.

A beautifully illustrated work on the history, political institutions, religion and various customs of ancient Greece, by John Potter (1673/4-1747), classical scholar and editor of numerous ancient texts, bishop of Oxford and later Archbishop of Canterbury. First published in 1697-8, Archaeologia remained perhaps the most popular encyclopaedia of ancient Greece before Dr Smith’s dictionaries appeared over a century later.

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