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GROGNET [or GRONGNET] de Vasse , Giorgio.
Compendio ossia epilogo anticipato di un'opera estesa sulla precisa situazione della famosa sommersa isola Atlantide da Platone e da altri antichi ricordata e descritta e della quale le isole di Malta, Gozo, Comino sono certissimi resti.
Malta, printed by Franz, 1854. 8vo, pp. [viii], 137, [1, blank] + large folding engraved map of the Mediterranean and final leaf with long legend of the map; with large woodcut initial and some woodcut Phoenician letters to text; minute pinhole in p. 14 inconsequentially touching one letter, leaves very mildly and uniformly browned, occasional very light spotting to margins, the map repaired where torn along creases.First and only edition, very rare (2 copies in public holdings worldwide, Oxford and Turin) of the most fully and cogently argued work identifying Malta as one of the most substantial remains of the mythical Atlantis. Though authored by one of the most famous Maltese authorities, Grognet de Vasse , the renowned Maltese architect responsible for the design and construction of the imposing Rotunda of Mosta (to date of the three largest church domes in the world), this work did not received full attention until the following century; it remains to this day the basis to which modern evidence in support of the Maltese Atlantis hypothesis is added when found.The location and fate of the mythical Atlantis, described by Plato in a mere handful of pages and one of the most potent icons of utopia in the narrative and philosophical Western tradition, have constantly captured the imagination and commanded scholarly commitment throughout the centuries. Believing Plato's myth to be, like many myths, the elaboration of remote but historical facts, scholars and archaeologists have placed the 'lost continent' in zones as diverse as the Mediterranean, Thera (Santorini), the Black … [Click Below for Full Description]
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