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Ancient gems the engraved gems of classical times. by J. H. Middleton

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Published by Argonaut in Chicago .
Written in English


  • Gems.,
  • Classical antiquities.

Book details:

Edition Notes

SeriesThe Argonaut library of antiquities
ContributionsFitzwilliam Museum.
LC ClassificationsNK5565 .M6 1969
The Physical Object
Paginationxvi, 157, xxxvi p.
Number of Pages157
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5549983M
LC Control Number67029128

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