Lot 25
  • 25

After Antoine-Ignace Melling 1763-1831

15,000 - 20,000 GBP
16,800 GBP
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  • After Antoine-Ignace Melling
  • voyage pittoresque de constantinople et des rives du bosphore (atabey 798-799, lipperheide Lb 41)
Etchings by Duparc, Schroeder, Deslaux, Pillement and others, from the first edition of 1819, title, 48 plates and 3 maps (lacking text with the portrait frontispiece of Sultan Selim III), fine impressions in their rare unfolded state, some before numbers, with wide margins, some slight foxing (mainly in the margins), some plates with surface dirt at edges, otherwise in good condition 

Catalogue Note

In 1795, Melling was appointed architect to Princess Hatice, sister of the Ottoman Sultan Selim III. In 1803, after executing a number of views of the city and its surroundings, Melling returned to Paris where, in 1804, he issued a prospectus for the Voyage Pittoresque. The Publication began in 1809 and was finally completed in 1819 (issuing thirteen livraisons). This work is of great historical and iconographical interest for the depiction of the Ottoman world at the very beginning of the 19th century. Moreover, it is on the strength, the success and the artistic quality of these views that Melling earned the title of Landscape Painter to the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon.