Ashen sky: the letters of Pliny the Younger on the eruption of Vesuvius

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The J. Paul Getty Museum, Sep 1, 2007 - Art - 39 pages
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Barry Moser's extraordinarily detailed and evocative relief engravings decorate this translation of Pliny the Younger's two famous letters to Tacitus about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and the death of his uncle, Pliny the Elder. Printed in black and white, the engravings are works of art that illustrate various descriptions in the letters. The text includes a brief description of the eruption of the volcano, concise biographies of Tacitus and of both Plinys, and a summary of how the texts of the two letters have survived until today.

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User Review  - DubiousDisciple - LibraryThing

Here’s an interpretation of the two letters of Pliny the Younger to Tacitus, about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E. Black-and-white wood engravings by artist Barry Moser illustrate the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Keith Slade - Goodreads

Short but interesting account of the Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD when Pompeii and Herculaneum was destroyed. Pliny the Younger's uncle, Pliny the Elder was killed when he got too close in order to check it out. Really nice illustrations by Barry Moser. Read full review

Contents

Front Cover
Introduction
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The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius
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Copyright

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Since 1970 Barry Moser has provided wood engravings for more than a hundred books, including editions of Moby Dick, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and the King James Version of the Bible. His works are found in museums throughout the world as well as in rare-book rooms and special collections of libraries.

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