Adam, Robert, 1728-1792 / Ruins of the palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia
Introduction, pp. -4
4 I N T R Encouraged by the favorable reception which has been given of late to works of this kind, particularly to the Ruins of Palmyra and Balbec, I now prefent the fruits of my labor to the public. I am far from comparing my undertaking with that of Meffieurs Dawkins, Bouverie, and Wood, one of the moft fplendid and liberal that was ever attempted by private perfons. I was not, like thefe gentlemen, obliged to traverfe defarts, or to expofe myfelf to the infults of barbarians; nor can the remains of a fingle Palace vie with thofe furprifing and almoft unknown monuments of fequeflered grandeur which they have brought to light; but at a time when the admiration of the Grecian and Roman Architedlure has rifen to fuch a height in Britain, as to banifh in a great meafure all fantaftic and frivolous tafles, and to make it neceffary for every Architeal to Rudy and to imitate the ancient manner, I flatter myfelf that this work, executed at confiderable expence, the effeal of great labor and perseverance, and which contains the only full and accurate Defigns that have hitherto been publifhed of any private Edifice of the Ancients, will be received with indulgence, and may, perhaps, b& efteemed an acquifition of fome importance. A 0 D U C T I 0 N.
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