Specimens of ancient decorations from Pompeii
London, Rodwell & Martin, 1825
4to (277 x 184 mm). Contemporary pink silk over boards.
3 800 
Blackmer, 700.

In stock

First and only edition.

John Goldicutt (1793-1842), architect, travelled throughout Italy and Sicily between 1814 and 1818, studying architecture, and making measured survey of St Peter’s in Rome, for which the Pope awarded him a gold medal. On his return to England, Goldicutt established a practice in the classical tradition.

“As Goldicutt explains in the preface, he intended this work as an aid to interior decoration, both with regard to the design and the use of colour. In this respect he is following in the wake of the pioneering work done by Thomas Hope in popularizing neoclassical interiors” (Leonora Navari, cat. Blackmer).

This lovely book contains an engraved title page and 19 plates, all hand coloured except for 3 plates of mosaic pavements.

Binding a little faded but a nice copy.