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Ilios Stadt und Land der Trojaner Forschungen und Entdeckungen in der Troas und Besonderes auf der Baustelle von Troja
Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus,, 1881.. Mit einer Selbstbiographie des Verfassers, eine Vorrede von Rudolf Virchow und Beiträgen von P. Ascherson, H. Brugsch-Bey, E. Burnouf, Frank Calvert, A. J. Duffield, J. P. Mahaffy, Max Müller, A. Postolaccas, A. H. Sayce und R. Virchow. Mit circa 1800 Abbildungen, Karten und Plänen in Holzschnitt und Lithographie. Octavo. Original quarter blue pebbled cloth and printed green paper boards, front board lettered and illstrated in black, spine lettered gilt, fore- and lower-edges uncut, partly unopened. Frontispiece, 2 double-page plates at pp. 121 & 300, 32 plates of terracotta whorls, 6 folding plans & 1 folding map at the end of the work, with numerous other illustrations in the text. Lower corner of front board cracked but sound, occasional pencil marginalia; a very good copy. First edition in German, preceded by the English edition a year earlier. Schliemann's account of his excavations at Hissarlik/Troy. A shameless self-publicist, motivated more perhaps by his desire for glory than his love of historical truth, Schliemann has been criticised for the brutality of his methods, however Carl Blegen, director of the excavations at the site 1932-8, defended him from his anachronistic detractors; "Although there were some regrettable blunders, those criticisms are largely coloured by a comparison with modern techniques of digging; but it is only fair to remember that before 1876 very few persons, if anyone, yet really knew how excavations should properly be conducted. There was no science of archaeological investigation, and there was probably no other digger who was better than Schliemann in actual field work" (quoted in Rubalcaba and Cline, Digging for Troy, p.30)
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