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The Engraved Gems of Classical Times - With a Catalogue of the Gems in the Fitzwilliam Museum J. Henry Middleton

The Engraved Gems of Classical Times - With a Catalogue of the Gems in the Fitzwilliam Museum

J. Henry Middleton

Published May 13th 2009
ISBN : 9781444632156
Paperback
220 pages
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 About the Book 

PREFACE: In the following pages I have attempted to give a brief account of the engraved gems and other forms of signet which were used by the chief classical races of ancient times. The book is intended for the general use of students ofMorePREFACE: In the following pages I have attempted to give a brief account of the engraved gems and other forms of signet which were used by the chief classical races of ancient times. The book is intended for the general use of students of archaeology, and has been written with the hope that it may in some cases lead the reader to a more detailed and practical study of this most fascinating subject. The various tools and technical processes used by the ancient gem-engravers have been discussed at some length, since a close attention to these points is specially desirable as a much-needed help in the frequently difficult task of distinguishing between gems of different origin and date. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.