Description of Pompeian Ruins, Restorations and Scenes exhibited at the Pompeian Museum, Fairmount Park. [cover title]

“Since all cannot go to Pompeii, Pompeii has in a sense, been brought to us”


Scarce guide book to accompany an exhibition in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park of recreated or “photo-sculptural” views of the archaeological ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

The views of the ruins are taken from the originals by the system of Photosculpture, invented by the artist, Giacomo Luzzati, originally of the Pompeiorama and director of the Royal Calcography of Naples. The views of restorations are taken from the plans of the localities, and interpreted according to the architectural remains now existing. The scenes are relieved by minute and graphic descriptions in this pamphlet. (p6)

The “Pompeiorama” was first installed in Naples in 1869 as a set of dioramic views, like a virtual tour. It was subsequently exhibited in the United Kingdom (1870); Rome, Florence, and Milan (1872); and Paris (1874). A copy of the views was shown in Philadelphia in 1878 and at G.B. Bunnell’s American Museum in New York in 1879.¹

OCLC: LOC, LCP, Juniata College.


Description: Description of Pompeian Ruins, Restorations and Scenes exhibited at the Pompeian Museum, Fairmount Park. [cover title]

Philadelphia: Edward Stern & Co., [1878]. 12pp. Approx. 8 x 5 inches. Original printed wrappers. Vertical center crease; wrappers worn at extremities with small losses; some separation at tail of spine; general creases from handling; Good.

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Note. 1. Gaudiosi, “‘As It Is and As It Was’: Pompeiorama and the Resurrection of a Buried City” in Panorama, International Panorama Council Journal, Volume 2 (Lucerne, 2019), p49.


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