Reliquiae Isurianae; The Remains of the Roman Isurium, Now Aldborough, Near Boroughbridge, Yorkshire. Illustr

Reliquiae Isurianae; The Remains of the Roman Isurium, Now Aldborough, Near Boroughbridge, Yorkshire. Illustr

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ... to have invariably been paved with tesserce, and to which purpose all the earlier tesselated pavements found in this country have at one time or other been ascribed--an extraordinary notion of our earlier antiquaries, now quite exploded; although it is probable that small temporary pavements may have been laid down in the more important camps, for the comfort and convenience of their commanders. Two plain borders, the outer of freestone, and the inner one of terra cotta, or baked clay, here enclose an elegant design, composed of a variation of the Greek fret, or Meandros--so termed from the river Meander, in relation to its tortuous course--composed, in nearly equal proportions, of white and dark slate-coloured tesserce; the latter are of a kind of lias, so nearly black that we shall for convenience use this term. The material of the white tesserce, which form in the aggregate no small proportion of the Mosaics in Britain, has been the subject of much discussion, from the general belief in its non-existence as a natural product of this country; whilst the idea could scarcely be entertained of the importation from Italy 4 or elsewhere of thousands upon thousands of tons for the ordinary pavements of every good house. The recent discovery of some remarkably fine Mosaics in the town of Cirencester, upon the site of the ancient Corinium, has been the means of eliciting a considerable amount of information on the materials and structure of our Mosaics. To the research and geological skill of Professor Buckman, of that place, we are indebted for discovering the identity of this whitish, or rather cream-coloured stone, with "a fine hand-grained freestone from the Great Oolite," quarried at the present day near Gloucester and...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236985109
  • 9781236985101