Antiquities from Cyprus. Photograph album by A.P. di Cesnola, 1881.

  • Cesnola, Alessandro Palma di, 1839-1914.
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1881
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922i
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Antiquities from Cyprus. Photograph album by A.P. di Cesnola, 1881. Public Domain Mark. Source: Wellcome Collection.

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On recto pages, mounted photographs of statuettes, jewellery, coins, vessels etc., mostly grave goods, excavated in Cyprus by Major Alexander Palma di Cesnola, and available for study in Holland Park, London, on application to Major di Cesnola at Palma Villa, Woodchurch Road, West Hampstead, London. Text on verso pages includes testimonials from Ernest Renan (fols. 22v-24v), Samuel Birch (fol. 25v), A.H. Sayce (fol. 26v), J.R. Herbert (fol. 27v), W.E. Gladstone and C.W. Dilke (both fol. 52v)

Not the antiquities which General Luigi Palma di Cesnola, brother of the present collector, sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The works shown in the present photographs were the property of Edwin Herbert Lawrence, who eventually sold at them at auction in 1883-4, 1888 and 1892 (Goring, loc. cit.)

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[London?] : [publisher not identified], 1881 ([London] (195 Oxford Street, W.) : Printed and bound by W. Holmes & Son)

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60 photographs : photoprints ; mounts 27.7 x 36 cm

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Cyprus antiquities excavated by Major Alexander Palma di Cesnola ... 1876 to 1879 Head of title: Lawrence-Cesnola collection. Stamped in gold outside front cover: Cyprus antiquities. Stamped in gold on spine: A.P.C.

References note

Elizabeth Goring, A mischievous pastime: digging in Cyprus in the nineteenth century, Edinburgh 1988, p. 15

Reference

Wellcome Collection 922i

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The excavations were funded by Mr Edwin H. Lawrence F.S.A.--fol 21v

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