Italian - American, 1839-1914
Lawrence - Cesnola’s Collection, Cyprus Antiquities, excavated by Major Alexander Palma di Cesnola, 1876-1879
Major Alexander Palma di Cesnola
This copy is signed by Alexander Palma di Cesnola himself.
Signed and dated Londra, 20 Febbraio 1881, A. P. di Cesnola.
It contains 63 albumen photographs, 62 photographs of objects in the collection and a photograph of a map of Cyprus.
It also contains 38 letterpress leaves, the majority with printed English text, 31 mounted on the verso of plates and 7 at the end. On 34 of these leaves there is handwritten translation in the Italian language. The handwritten Italian translation is believed to be by Cesnola himself.
An early very rare photographically illustrated catalogue of the Cesnola Collection, one of the most significant collection of Cypriot antiquities ever assembled.
the Online Computer Library Center locates but 12 copies, with this copy being unique from the rest due to the Italian handwritten translation and the Cesnola signature.
Cover elaborately decorated in gild with metal clasp and latch.
private collection, Cyprus