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The Argive Aheraeum, I volume only, in Two Volumes


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Sometime Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, University Reader in Classical Archaeology, and Fellow of Kings College Cambridge. Sometime Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and Slade Professor of Fine Arts, Cambridge, and written with the Co-operation of George Henry Chase, Herbert Fletcher De Cou, Theodore Woolsey Heermance, Joseph Clark Hoppin, Albert Morton Lythgoe, Richard Norton, Rufus Byam Richardson, Edward Lippincott Titon, Henry Stephens Washington, and James Rignall Weeler.
Also includes a letter dated August 7th 1911 from J H Garrison, on headed note paper, War Department, Office of the Surgeon General, Army Medical Museum and Library, Washington. to the Author Professor Chas. Walstein, Newton Hall, Cambridge, England, Dear Sir:- Enclosed herewith I beg to send you an editorial page from the American Medical Association giving an account of your researches on The Pectineus Muscle in Greek Sculpture the matter for which you kindly gave me in your last letter. A small extract from The Journal: Professor Charles Waldstein, which was known to the sculptors of the Periclean age, has escaped the attention of modern students of artistic anatomy because it is not superficially visible in the normal subject to-day. This muscle, highly developed in the stress of Greek athletics, is, in effect, either the pectjneus or the iliopsoae, which lie on the floor of Scarpas triangle. Professor Waldstein describes a torso from the metopes in the friezes of the excavated Heraeum near Argos (one of the great sanctuaries of ancient Hellas), which exhibits this peculiarity in a remarkable manner. The figure represents a nude warrior-youth in the supreme moment of contest , insertion directly under the lesser troehanter of the femur. While the pectineus is hardly noticeable in the average living subject, lying normally hidden at the bottom of Scarpas triangle, experiments made by Dr. Waldstein on two of the most powerfully developed professional athletes in London demonstrated clearly that the nodule in question was a muscular formation, not seen in repose, but thrown into striking relief when the subject assumed the exact attitude of the torso, throwing all his body-weight on his bent left leg, with the right upraised, and with the superadded strain of pushing against an adversary with all the weight of his trunk. This feature of the torso, far from being an abnormality, therefore, only goes to show the wonderfully close notation of visible, palpable, external anatomy on the part of sculptors of the age of Polycletns. Besides the pectineus, there is a marked and almost conventional line running along the groin from the ilium to the pubis to be found in all ancient statues of athletic prize-men, but not regarded as true to nature now-a-days . With the Olympics on the horizon, all those computer tummies will have to go down to the gym and exercise. This is where Art and Human Science tell us to shape up to look good. 1 ft 2 by 10 – 231 pages + plates VERY LARGE BOOK. A study basically of Argos, the kingdom of Diomed in the Iliad, who owned Agamemnons leadership. The great Argive goddess was Hera, worshipped at Heraeum six miles north of Argos. Argive sculptors of the early classical period were preeminent; the greatest being Polycletus. Lots and lots of plates, many large foldouts, some tinted and colored, plus nearly 200 text illustrations. Volume I covers geology, architecture, marble statuary, and inscriptions. Scarce and very desirable. The binding is tight and firm and both covers are firmly attached. There is some minor wear to the extremities but nothing serious. Internally the book is generally very clean and bright with sepia plates with tissue paper. The first and last couple of pages have some mild spotting. I have included page 222 from The Journal of the American Medical Association together with letter on water-marked paper showing seal and Andrews Paper Co. This book once belonged t