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1817 Copper Engraving Grecian Palaestra Vitruvius Plan Ancient Greece XGR7

1817 Copper Engraving Grecian Palaestra Vitruvius Plan Ancient Greece XGR7

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This is an original 1817 black and white copper engraving titled, "Plan of a Grecian Palaestra after Vitruvius." A palaestra was an ancient Greek wrestling school, and functioned as a gymnasium. Vitruvius, who wrote around 27 BC, is known for his insight in the design of the building. Shown in the illustration are the halls for the philosophers; the epheboeum, or school for youth; the coryceium, or tennis court; the conisterium; the loutron, or bath of cold water; the elaeothesium, or place of anointing; the apodyterium for undressing; a vaulted stove; a laconicum; a bath; the propnigeum; the staircase; the xystus; and the stadium.

Please note that there is a blind emboss stamp on this map located in the top right corner; it does not affect the integrity of the engraving. These maps were obtained from the the State of Michigan as we acquired several collections from the historic archives/library. The stamp does not include any ink and does not break through the paper in any manner. To find other items related to this collection of rare maps, please see the link below.

This map was held in a portfolio and still has it's original center crease. We have packaged this flat, and open, in an archival package so the crease is minimized. The crease would be virtually invisible when matted and framed.

Please note that these maps were created on a handmade paper in 1817 and the borders may either be irregular or not square. The original copper plate impressions are visible on most even though they are not visible on the digital image. This map will be shipped in it's original untrimmed condition.


This 194+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. Original mailing center crease. No surface rub. 1/2 inch tear - center left. No water damage. Please note that there is a blind emboss in the bottom right corner of this engraving. Also note there is light acid staining from where the plan was originally folded.

  • Product Type: Original Copper Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine ++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10 x 14 inches; 25 x 36 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Keywords specific to this image: Wrestling, architecture, elevation, ancient Greece, school, education, athletics, athlete, archaeology, archaeological, architectural, Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, Roman, Writer, gym