Voyage dans le Levant, en 1817 et 1818 [with Atlas].

Lot Number 112
Title Voyage dans le Levant, en 1817 et 1818 [with Atlas].
Year Published 1819
Place Printed Paris: Imprimerie Royale,
Printed By
Description Voyage dans le Levant, en 1817 et 1818 [with Atlas]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1819 3 volumes, including two copies of text in 8vo (7 3/4 x 4 7/8 in.; 196 x 125 mm), 1 volume atlas in folio (26 7/8 x 20 1/2 in.; 684 x 520 mm). Half-title in text volumes, folding-plan of St. Sepulchre in Jerusalem, 80 plates in atlas volume including 2 plans, 70 hand-colored lithographs by Baltard, Bourgeois, Fragonard, Lecomte, Vernet and others after Forbin, Vernet, Isabey and Fragonard, and 8 hand-colored aquatints by Debucourt; some marginal soiling and spotting, blank lower outer corner of one plate torn. The inscribed text volume uncut in original wrapper; worn, edges frayed. The other text volume in 19th-century quarter sheep with vellum corners and marbled boards, spine gilt; extremities rubbed. Atlas volume in contemporary red straight-grain morocco, double-fillet border with a rolltool of alternating angel and caduceus with the occasional eagle, central frame of gilttooled flowers, a central medallion with three lily stamps framed by stylized leaves, dentelles, edges gilt; rebacked with original spine laid down, edges rubbed, corners mended.
Comments Atabey 447 note, Blackmer 614; Colas 1089 First edition, limited to 325 copies, text volume inscribed by the author: "offert par l'auteur à Monsieur le Marquis de Montgrand." "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'Egypte or Denon's Voyage" (Blackmer). Forbin succeeded Denon as director of museums in 1816. The following year, he travelled to the Levant in order to purchase antiquities in a party including the artist Prevost. His journey took him to Melos, Athens, Constantinople, Smyrna, Ephesus, Acre, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Cairo, Luxor and Thebes.
Provenance Jean Baptiste, Marquis de Montgrand (1776-1847, inscribed to him on half-title, by the author?)
Estimated Price USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00
Actual Price USD 80,500.00



Auction House Sothebys
Auction Name Library of Jacques Levy
Sale Number #NO8852
Auction Date April 20, 2012 - April 20, 2012
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