London: Macmillan, 1921-1935. First Edition. [with] Index to the Palace of Minos (Biblo and Tannen: New York, 1964). Four quarto volumes in six, and with the additional later printed index. Measures 245 x 187 mm. Profusely illustrated with hundred of figures in the text, plans, tables, colored and supplementary plates, many of which are folding. Each volume with a frontispiece. Many color plates with tissue guards.
Publisher's cloth binding. Front boards tooled and stamped in gilt. Spines lettered in gilt. Top edges gilt. Scarce dust jackets on Vol II Part I, Vol III, and Vol IV Part I. Three volumes with back pockets for holding plans. Volume I with previous owner's signature on front pastedown. Jackets with only minor edgewear. Volumes with small amount of rubbing. Some very minor foxing, mainly to fore-edges and endpapers. Index (later, 1964) bound to style in blue buckram, stamped and lettered in gilt. Overall a Near Fine set of this important documentation.
Sir Arthur Evans was a British archaeologist and son of the distinguished numismatist, John Evans. Folloiwing Evans' inheritance of an estate in Kephala in 1894, he set out to explore the classical Knossos, where Mycenean remains had been discovered in 1878. "When the Turks evacuated Crete in 1899, he was able at once to gain full possession and excavate in association with the British School of Archaeology at Athens and its director D. G. Hogarth...The first season (1899-1900) revealed an elaborate palace of the late Bronze Age, with many clay tablets inscribed in the linear script already detected, superimposed on earlier buildings with Kamarais pottery, brilliant frescoes, and imported Egyptian and Babylonian objects. Work continued for eight seasons...The principle works of art were exhibited in London in 1903, and more fully in 1936" (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). This extensive work was Evan's most substantial publication on the subject of his discoveries. Near Fine (Item #2415)