3 volumes, a complete set, folio (537 x 347mm.), 2 double-page maps, one double-page table, 286 engraved plates on 168 sheets, 21 head- and tail-pieces, later quarter plum morocco, spines gilt, uncut, minor rubbing to boards, occasional slight spotting
Atabey 241; Blackmer 342; Cohen-de Ricci 238; Weber II 571
The author's unreserved admiration of Greece and its people, combined with the skill J.B. Hilaire's recreation of its topography and costume, was received with great enthusiasm by the French public. On its appearance in 1782, volume one was so successful that in 1784 Choiseul-Gouffier was appointed ambassador to Constantinople.Choiseul-Gouffier travelled to the Levant in 1776. He took with him the artist J.B. Hilaire, whom Boppe considered to be the artist who most understood the nature of the Levant. They travelled on board a ship commanded by the Marquis de Chabert, traversing the islands of the Archipelago and the coast of Asia Minor before landing at Coroni where Choiseul-Gouffier began his exploration of mainland Greece. On his return to France at the end of 1776 he began to prepare his work for publication. Following the enthusiastic reception of volume 1, a second volume appeared in 1809. The third volume was published posthumously. Due to the long publication period sets are often found incomplete.
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