This private collection of travel and plate books encompasses fine copies of fine books, many with hand-coloured views and scenes from around the world. Books on the grandest scale include the Description de l’Egypte (1809–1822), Daniell’s Oriental Scenery (1795-1808), Melling’s Voyage pittoresque de Constantinople (1819), Soltykoff’s Voyage dans l’Inde (c.1850, lot 129) and Frith’s Egypt, Sinai and Jerusalem (c.1858). America is represented by Waldeck’s Voyage pittoresque... dans la province d'Yucatan (1838) and Nebel’s Voyage pittoresque... Mexique (1836) and Europe by Laborde and Zurlauben’s Tableaux... de la Suisse (1780-1786), which is bound in red morocco by Simier, and other works by Laborde on France, Spain and Austria. Further afield, Louis-Claude Freycinet’s Voyage de découvertes aux Terres Australes (1812) is the author’s own copy with his annotations. Also on offer are manuscripts by Sir James Emerson Tennent on Ceylon and watercolours and drawings of Turkey by Mouginot, Preziosi and others. Many of these treasures come from important collections, including those of Sefik Atabey, Beriah Botfield and the Earl of Bradford.
The description of the binding should read "later green quarter calf over nineteenth-century, possibly contemporary, boards"
Plate 18 in volume 2 appears to be supplied from another copy.
Although not noted in the Atabey catalogue, the first work is incomplete. It is lacking a map and 8 preliminary leaves.
This lot does not include the text booklets.
The catalogue description states no watermarks are visible. There are watermarks on the plates, ranging from 1794 to 1828, indicating that this is a mixed issue.
This is the Atabey copy of this book - it was lot 557 in the sale of his collection, not 544 as stated in the printed catalogue.
Please note that the text volume was in fact published in 1815, not in 1803 as stated in the catalogue. The main body of the text (actually printed in 1807, hence the mention of the Imprimerie imperiale in the colophon at the end of the text) is the same as in the main 1815 edition, but the preliminaries have been amended (to remove the Avertissement dated December 1814) and the title-page excised to delete any mention of Louis XVIII and the Imprimerie royale, as this particular (and possibly unique) copy was produced during Napoleon's Hundred Days rule (March-July 1815). The binding is Napoleonic in style and is strictly contemporary with the 1815 publication date. We are grateful to Prof. Gabriel Sabbagh for correcting the publication date of this volume.
There are 181 plates altogether (85+96) including the frontispieces and the plan of Peking. Colas calls for 97 plates in volume 2, but seems to count the illustration "L'union des Sarcelles" as a plate, when it is actually part of the four leaves of music. Further, the plate "L'hommage des Sarcelles" does not have an accompanying leaf of text (all the others do). Both Colas and Lipperheide seem to indicate that it should, but no such leaf is present here or in the BL copy.
A further supplement (not present in this copy) was issued in 1830.