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The History Of Ancient Art Among The Greeks. Translated From The German Of John Winckelmann, By G. Henry Lodge.

Johann Joachim Winckelmann

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Geschichte der Kunst des Alterthums., English., 1850.]


London:: John Chapman, 142, Strand., MDCCCL.

Physical Description

xx, 254, [2], 24 p., frontis., 17 pl.; 224 mm. (Octavo).


[Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Advertisement - Preface - Contents - [Text, with pl.]; [colophon] - [Publisher's advertisement].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece and numbered plates are all signed, 'Day & Son lithrs. to the Queen'.

The printers' name is given on the verso of the half-title and in the colophon: 'London: George Woodfall And Son, Angel Court, Skinner Street.'

The book is dedicated by G. Henry Lodge 'To My Father'.


See the note on the 1766 French translation, Histoire De L'Art Chez Les Anciens.

Summary Note

This is only a partial translation of Winckelmann's Geschichte der Kunst des Alterthums. The Advertisement states, 'The American translator of the following work published it under the title of "The History of Ancient Art," although it forms but one part of the work so entitled by the author. ... it has been though desirable to give the more specific and accurate title of "A History of Ancient Art among the Greeks" to the English edition of the work.'

The plates show details of ancient Greek sculpture.

This, Winckelmann's most influential work, had first been published in German in 1764. French translations appeared in 1766 and 1781, and an Italian translation in 1783.


The front loose endpaper is inscribed in ink on the verso, '1857 J.R. Colvin'.

Copy Note

The rear pastedown carries the binder's ticket, printed, 'Bound By Westleys & Co. Friar Street, London.'

Binding Note

19th-century brown cloth, covers and spine having blind-stamped decoration, spine lettered 'History Of Ancient Art - Winckelmann'.


Art, ancient - Art, Greek - Art, Roman - Sculpture, Greek - Sculpture, Roman - Greece - Rome - History
Art history - Art criticism - Germany - 18th century - Neoclassical
Translations into English - Translations from German - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


John Chapman, publisher
Giles Henry Lodge, translator
Mr. Lodge, dedicatee
John Russell Colvin, previous owner
George Woodfall and Son (London), printer
Day and Son, lithographer
Westleys and Company (London), binder