A Beautiful Set of this Important Documentation With the Scarce First Edition Index
EVANS, Arthur. Palace of Minos at Knossos. London: Macmillan and Co. , 1921-1935. [with] Index to The Palace of Minos.First edition. London: Macmillan and Co., 1936.
First editions. Four quarto volumes in six, and with the additional scarce first edition index published in 1936, totaling 7 volumes. (9 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches; 245 x 187 mm). Profusely illustrated with hundreds of figures in the text, plans, tables, colored and supplementary plates, many of which are folding. Each volume with a frontispiece. Many color plates, some with protective tissue guards.

Publisher's full blue cloth. Front boards tooled and stamped in gilt. Spines lettered in gilt. Top edges gilt. Four volumes with pockets in the rear with 11 plans, as issued. Fore-edges a bit foxed. Some minor rubbing to heads and tails of the spines. Spine of the Index volume lightly sunned. There is some foxing affecting a few plates throughout the set. Generally, Of 35 coloured plates, 24 are bright and unfoxed; 5 are foxed on the margins and 4 have foxing in the image. Of 11 folding plans in 4 pockets, all are unfoxed and correctly folded. Of 12 folding maps/plans bound in the volumes, 2 are unfoxed (in Vol.1), the other 10 are foxed to varying degrees. These folding maps are printed on a different type of paper which may account for the foxing. Of many hundred images, both diagrams and plates in the text, all are clean, as are all except a handful of the 2000+ pages. A near fine, bright set with no previous owner's inscriptions and with the scarce first edition index.

"Sir Arthur John Evans,(1851–1941), [Bristish archaeologist and son] of the distinguished archaeologist and numismatist Sir John Evans...In 1894 Evans had acquired a share, under Ottoman law, of the estate at Kephála, near Candia, classical Knossos, where ‘Mycenaean’ remains had been found in 1878; so when the Turks evacuated Crete in 1899 he was able at once to gain full possession, and excavate in association with the British School of Archaeology at Athens and its director, D. G. Hogarth. There was no overload of later remains, and some of the best finds were close to the surface. The first season (1899–1900) revealed an elaborate palace, of the late Bronze Age (c.1700–1200 BC), with many clay tablets inscribed in the ‘linear’ script already detected, superimposed upon earlier buildings with ‘Kamárais’ pottery (c.2000 BC), brilliant frescoes, and imported Egyptian and Babylonian objects. Work continued for eight seasons, followed by intermittent enterprises in the ‘palace’, its suburbs, and cemeteries. The principal works of art were exhibited in London in 1903, and more fully in 1936. The first volume of Scripta Minoa was published in 1909, the second in 1952, and The Palace of Minos at Knossos in four volumes between 1921 and 1935 (index, 1936)." (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).

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