From the Silent Earth, The Greek Bronze Age, Signed by Joe Alsop to Lady Diana Cooper
[Signed Presentation to Lady Diana Cooper; Ex Libris John Julius Norwich] Alsop, Joseph. From the Silent Earth, A Report on the Greek Bronze Age. First Edition. 1964. Book is in very good condition; dust jacket is in good plus condition—jacket shows repaired tears to the front cover. This copy is signed, “For dearest Diana, with infinite admiration & much love, Joe Alsop.” John Julius Norwich’s bookplate is attached to the front endpaper. Photographs by Alison Frantz.
Lady Diana Cooper was a dear friend of Joseph Alsop’s wife Susan Mary, which explains the inscription in this book (that was evidently passed down to Lady Diana’s son John Julius). Quite irrationally, we think of history as paved in stone. It is not. In fact, sometimes only by excavating stone (and earth) do we come closer to understanding the past. It was not until the excavations of Heinrich Schliemann in the late 19th Century that we began to accept that Homeric legend was based upon fact. In this book, Alsop chronicles the archeological discoveries that overturned conventional history. He uses the information gleaned from them to construct a fascinating (albeit conjectural) narrative about the Greek and Minoan kingdoms that flourished three thousand years ago.
“Modern historians, who pride themselves on being scientific, have all the scientists’ suspicion of the unproven and the traditional; and this is often a mistake.”