Greek and Roman Sculpture


Walter Copland Perry.


Walter Copland Perry, Greek and Roman Sculpture: A popular introduction to the history of Greek and Roman Sculpture, with 268 wood engravings. London: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1882. Octavo, 23 x 16.5 x 5 cm, title page printed in red and black with b/w line illustration (head of the Apollo Belvedere), dedication page to the Crown Princess of Germany and Prussia, Princess Royal of Great Britain and Ireland, printed in red and black; xxx, 700 pages, 55 Chapters, Index (pp. 675-700). Hard cover, brown and gilt cloth, top edge gilt, front cover with gilt rules and gilt title, two gilt sculptural images and decorative black ruled top and bottom borders, blind ruled back cover. With Berkelouw Bookdealers Sydney narrow label at bottom of front pastedown and an earlier Berkelouw Bookdealers Sydney stamp on f.f.e. Two Prize labels from Sydney Technical College, Goulburn Branch, dated December 1888, awarded by Mrs Morrisett to Louie A. Hunt for 1st Year Perspective and Freehand Drawing, are affixed to the f.f.e. and pastedown.

Condition: Very good. Covers a little bumped, scuffed and abraded, a little occasional spotting of pages, which are otherwise clean and bright, other page edges a little browned, endpapers and bottom of page xx foxed. Binding tight.

Walter Copland Perry (1814-1911), the Norwich-born schoolmaster, archaeologist, noted British author and (from 1851) barrister-at-law, was the second son of Isaac Perry, a Unitarian minister and later schoolmaster at Liverpool. Walter Perry was awarded a PhD with the highest honours at the University of Göttingen in 1837, and was subsequently an Exeter cleric, a noted classical scholar and tutor, and student of the Middle Temple. From 1844 Perry worked as a private tutor in Bonn, gaining a formidable reputation; his students included men who became famous novelists, politicians and British Ambassadors. Perry published German University Education in 1845. Other historical and classical titles followed, among them The Franks, From Their First Appearance in History to the Death of King Pepin (1857), The Women of Homer, Sancta Paula; a Romance of the Fourth Century, A.D. (1902) and Sicily in fable, history, art, and song (1908).

In 1841 Walter Perry married Hepzibah Elizabeth and they had five sons and one daughter. He returned to England in 1875, writing prolifically on classical and medieval subjects. In 1878 Perry provided a large collection of ‘casts from the antique’ to London’s South Kensington Museum; his disapproval of that Museum’s display decisions led to the collection’s later transfer to the British Museum. Walter Perry’s first wife Hepzibah died in 1880. Perry, a man of great charisma, was a mountaineer, an excellent horseman, a sportsman with rod and gun, and a good amateur actor. He retained his eyesight and hearing to the last. He continued writing for 71 years, until the age of 94. In his 90th year, Perry received from the University of Göttingen an unsolicited document recording his services to letters

In 1889 Perry married again, to the much younger Evelyn Stopford (born 1858). Their son, Evelyn Copland Perry (1890-1914), was a pioneer British aviator and one of England’s first flying instructors, working as a Royal Aircraft Factory pilot. In 1912 he worked with Thomas Sopwith, who built the Sopwith Camel single-seat fighter and 18,000 military aircraft during World War I. At Sopwith Aviation, EC Perry trained Hugh Trenchard, who became Marshal of the Royal Air Force, described as the “father of the RAF”. Perry was killed in a flying accident on 16 August 1914 while serving with the Royal Flying Corps in France. Evelyn Perry is thought to be the first British officer to die in France during World War I.