Text: 8 vo. , 460 pp. + 1 large folding plan, contemporary half-calf, title gilt on decorated spine, previous owners’ book plate verso front cover, hinges slightly weak/ Atlas Folio ( 670 x 503 mm), beautifully illustrated with 80 lithographs of which 9 are folding, plates engraved by Engelmann and 8 are aquatints by Debucourt, after drawings by Forbin, Fragonard, Isabey, Carle Vernet and others, slightly rubbed round edges, brown leather from Russia, gilt decorated spine, period binding; original limited edition, of which only 325 copies were printed, the plates represent costumes and views of Constantinople, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Cairo, etc. scattered foxing throughout, some light dampness on margins of plates occasionally affecting small portions of plates, minor repairs to spine, fitted in a modern slipcase. In 1816 Forbin replaced Dominique Denon as Director of the Museums of France, and in August 1817 he undertook a semi-official year long voyage to the Levant, having been authorised to purchase antiquities for the Louvre. He travelled to Athens, Contantinople, Asia Minor, Syria and Palestine. From Jaffa he travelled overland to Alexandria and visited Egypt. His party included the artist Prevost and the engineer Linant de Bellfonds. Forbin's was one of the first important French books to use lithography on a grand scale, and the standard of production is equal to that of Napoléon's Description de l'Égypte or Denon's Voyage (Blackmer, n°614) Forbin's work was one of the first important French books to use lithography on a grand scale, and the standard of production is equal to that of Napoleon's Description de l'Égypte or Denon's Voyage. The plates are after drawings by Forbin, Isabey, Prevost, Fragonard and Carle Vernet. The aquatinted plates are all after drawings by Forbin himself. Most of the plates illustrate scenes in Egypt and Syria, including a view of Drovetti, French consul in Egypt, measuring a colossal head. The two unnumbered plates illustrate 1) the catacombs of Milos and 2) a diagram of the Holy Sepulchre. In 1816 Forbin replaced Denon as Director of Museums, and in August 1817 he undertook a semi-official year long voyage to the Levant, having been authorised to purchase antiquities for the Louvre. He travelled to Milos, where his son-in-law Marcellus had negotiated the purchase of the recently discovered Venus de Milo. and from there to Athens, Constantinople, Asia Minor, Syria and Palestine. From Jaffa he travelled overland to Alexandria and visited Egypt. His party included the artist Prevost and the engineer Linant de Bellfonds. Bibliographic references: Atabey, n°447. - Blackmer, n°614. - Colas, 1089. - Röhricht, n°1660. - Tobler, 144-145. Hilmy I, 163 cites a copy with coloured plates. Size: Atlas Folio - over 23" - 25" tall. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Voyage dans le Levant en 1817 et 1818 (TEXT ...
Editorial: Imprimerie Royale
Año de publicación: 1819
Encuadernación: Contemporary Half-Calf
Condición del libro: Good
Edición: First Edition.
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