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RAMBLES AND STUDIES IN GREECE by J.P. Mahaffy (with Dust Jacket)

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RAMBLES AND STUDIES IN GREECE by J.P. Mahaffy (with Dust Jacket)

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RAMBLES AND STUDIES IN GREECE by J.P. Mahaffy (with Dust Jacket)

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Mahaffy, J.P. Rambles and Studies in Greece. Philadelphia: The International Press/The John C. Winston Co. No date [1892]. 

Probable third edition since second edition is referred to in the preface which is dated 1892. Dust jacket indicates possibly a later date. Hardcover. 8vo. Navy cloth with gilt borders, indented coin face, and image of the Parthenon to front. Gilt titles and decorations to spine. In original navy dust jacket with titles to spine. Top edge gilt. Red page marker ribbon. 535 pages. Illustrated with 30 full page photographic plates (including frontis), each with tissue guards with captions in red ink. Large color foldout map of Greece at end of volume. A very well preserved copy. NEAR FINE IN LIKE DUST JACKET

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First published in 1876, this is Mahaffy’s classic account of his explorations of Greece in which he visited archaeological and historical sites in Athens and Attica (notably the Acropolis and Marathon), plus his journeys to Eleusis, Thebes and Delphi, and the exploration of the cities of the Peloponnesus, including Corinth, Mycenae, Tiryns, and Argos. Mahaffy considered Greece to be “the tomb of ancient glory—the home of ancient wisdom—the mother of science, of art, of philosophy, of politics—the champion of liberty—the envy of the Persian and the Roman—the teacher, even still, of modern Europe.” 

Mahaffy (1839 – 1919), was an Irish classicist and polymathic scholar. He attended Trinity College Dublin where he was acquainted with Oscar Wilde, with whom he discussed homosexuality in ancient Greece. Wilde referred to Mahaffy as his “first and greatest teacher”. Regardless, in 1887, Wilde gave a scathing review for Mahaffy’s work "Greek Life and Thought: from the Age of Alexander to the Roman Conquest”, saying” "in his attempts to treat the Hellenic world as ‘Tipperary writ large,’ to use Alexander the Great as a means of whitewashing Mr. Smith, and to finish the battle of Chæronea on the plains of Mitchelstown, Mr. Mahaffy shows an amount of political bias and literary blindness that is quite extraordinary."