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McPHERSON, Duncan.

Antiquities of Kertch,

and researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus; with remarks on the ethnological and physical history of the Crimea.

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London, Smith Elder, 1857

Situated on the Kerch Peninsula of eastern Crimea and founded 2600 years ago, Kerch is considered to be one of the most ancient cities in Ukraine. Archaeological digs in Kerch were launched under Russian auspices in the middle of the 19th century. The antiquities, from the site of the ancient settlement of Pantikapaeum, are amongst the most important to be found and rank alongside the discoveries at Nineveh and Pompeii. They date from about 500 B.C. when the area was occupied by a Greek colony ruled by dynasties of kings. Many are now displayed in the Hermitage Museum, the Louvre, the British Museum, the Berlin Museum, the Moscow State Museum of fine arts and many others.

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First edition. Folio (38 x 28 cm). xvi, 130, [iv (subscriber's list and ads)]pp., double-page tinted lithograph frontispiece, additional pictorial lithograph title, 12 plates including 9 coloured lithographs, 2 maps, original blind-stamped black ribbed cloth gilt, large gilt device to upper cover, all edges gilt, extremities lightly rubbed, a fine copy.


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