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The Cities And Cemeteries Of Etruria. By George Dennis. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. (II.)

George Dennis

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: John Murray, Albemarle Street., 1848.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 222 mm.

General Note

Vol. I: c, 530, [2] p., frontis., [2] pl. of maps (one fold.), [3] pl.: illus. The three pl. do not carry numbers, but include the numbers of the pages next to which they are to be bound, viz. 235, 399, 442. - Vol. II: xiv, 551, [3] p., frontis., [2] pl. of maps (both fold.): illus.


Vol. I: [Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Preface - Contents Of Vol. I. - List Of Illustrations In Volume I.; List Of maps In Volume I. - Introduction - Appendix To The Introduction - [Map] - [Text, with pl. and illus.]; [colophon] - Errata In Vol.I.; [publisher's advertisement]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Contents Of Vol. II. - List Of Illustrations In Volume II.; List Of Maps In Volume II. - [Text, with illus.] - Index - [Colophon] - Errata In Vol. II. - [Fold. map.].

Responsibility Note

The frontispieces are unsigned; but that in Vol. I is described in the List Of Illustrations as drawn on wood by G. Scharf. The three plates in Volume I are signed as drawn by George Dennis and lithographed by Day & Son.

In-text illustrations are unsigned but are described in the List Of Illustrations as by 'G.D.' or as derived from other sources (Dr Braun, Giovanelli, Museo Gregoriano, Micali, Museo Chiusino, Campana, 'Bull. Inst.', 'Monumenti Inediti dell'Instituto', 'Annali dell'Instituto', Dempster, S[amuel] J. Ainsley, Gruner, Visconti). Most maps are described as adapted from earlier sources (Gell, Westphal, Knapp, Canina, Micali, Segato).

The printer's names are given on the versos of the half-titles and in the colophons: 'London: Bradbury and Evans, Printers, Whitefriars.'


T.W. Potter, 'Dennis of Etruria: a celebration', in Antiquity, 72 (1998), p.916-21; D.E. Rhodes, Dennis of Etruria: the life of George Dennis (1973).

Summary Note

The Preface states that 'This work is the fruit of several tours made in Etruria between the years 1842 and 1847'. On his tours of 1842-3 Dennis was accompanied by the artist Samuel J. Ainsley. The text of the first volume describes Veii, Castel Giubileo / Fidenæ, Sutri / Sutrium, Nepi / Nepete, Civita Castellana / Falerii (Veteres), Falleri / Falerii (Novi), Fescennium, Orte / Horta, Feronia and Capena, Monte Cimino / Mons Ciminus, Viterbo / Surrina, Ferento / Ferentium, Bomarzo, castel D'Asso / Castellum Axia, Norchia / Orcle?, Bieda / Blera, Corneto / Tarquinii, Graviscæ, Vulci, Musignano, Toscanella / Tuscania, Statonia, Pitigliano and Sorano, Sovana / Suana, Bolsena / Volsinii, Monte Fiascone / Fanum Voltumnæ?, Orvieto. That of Volume II describes Civita Vecchia / Centum Cellæ, Santa Marinella / Punicum, Santa Severa / Pyrgi, Cervetri / Agylla or Cære, Palo / Alsium, Luni / Luna, Pisa / Pisæ, Firenze / Florentia, Fiesole / Fæsulæ, Siena / Sena, Volterra / Volaterræ, Maremma, Populonia, Roselle / Rusellæ, Telamone / Telamon, Orbetello, Ansedonia / Cosa, Vetulonia, Saturnia, Chiusi / Clusium, Cetona and sarteano, Chianciano and Montepulciano, Arezzo / Arretium, Cortona, Perugia / Perusia, Rome. The book was hailed as a highly readable and important contribution to scholarship. A revised edition was published in 1878.

The plates are captioned. The frontispiece of Volume I shows an 'Etruscan Mirror ...', the plate at p.235 the 'Valley Of Tombs, Castel D'Asso', that at p.399 the 'Ponte Della badia, Vulci', that at p.442 'Campanari's Garden, Toscanella'; the frontispiece of Volume II shows 'The Farewell Of Admetus And Alcestis from an Etruscan vase ...' . In-text illustrations show views of sites, plans and maps, and Etruscan antiquities and inscriptions.

The frontispiece of Volume II is printed in color.

Copy Note

The title-page of Volume II is inscribed in ink, 'Joseph Jopling', i.e. possibly the watercolor-painter Joseph Middleton Jopling (1831-84). Both volumes carry binders' tickets on the rear pastedowns, reading, 'Bound By Remnant & Edmonds. London'.

Binding Note

19th-century black cloth-covered boards, upper covers with blind-stamped classical border, lettered centre within design derived from that of an Etruscan mirror, 'The Cities And Cemeteries Of Etruria'; spine decorated in gilt with Etruscan motifs and lettered 'Cities And Cemeteries Of Etruria Vol. I. (II.) Dennis', 'R.A.' and 'London. John Murray'.

Name as Subject


Etruscans - Architecture, Etruscan - Antiquities, Etruscan - Italy - Tuscany - Lazio - History
British - Archaeologists - Archaeology - Excavations - Expeditions - Archaeological sites - Italy - Tuscany - Lazio - History - 19th century
Reports - Art history - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithographs - Great Britain - 19th century


John Murray, publisher
Joseph Middleton Jopling, previous owner
George Dennis, draughtsman
George Johann Scharf, engraver
Remnant and Edmonds (London), binder
Bradbury and Evans (London), printer
Day and Son, lithographic printer