Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1973. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. xxviii, 221pp., 4 color plates, lxxiv b/w plates. Original black cloth with gilt lettering ruling and publisher's device on spine, in original dustjacket with color illustration on paper plate glued to cover, blue lettering on spine. Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology.
"This book presents for the first time a corpus of the "Ptolemäerkanne", a unique type of libation vessel mad in the 3rd century B.C. for use in the cult of the rulers in Ptolemaic Egypt. In an extensive introduction the author traces the origin, part Greek and part Egypt, of the oinochoai. She analyses the religious significance and the artistic development of of the relief scenes on the faience vessels and comments on the vivid portraits of the kings and queens that are rendered in a startlingly candid style. The study greatly enlivens our picture of the royal personalities, the religion, and the art of Hellenistic Egypt." (Publisher).
Profusely illustrated with four photographic color plates, seventy-four photographic b/w plates at rear, a map of Alexandria, line drawings of scenes on Oinochoai. On plates I-LXVIII the objects are identified by their catalogue numbers; Plates LXIX-LXXIV are captioned. All reproductions are at actual size unless otherwise stated. Dustjacket with light wear along edges, quarter inch chips at head and tail of spine, some small chips at corners, rubbed and slightly sunned. Binding with very light wear along edges. Block fine. Good to fine condition. Item #48028