Lot 44
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Laborde, Alexandre de

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Description

  • Voyage pittoresque et historique de l'Espagne. Paris: Pierre Didot l'ainé, 1806-1820
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FIRST EDITION, 4 volumes (volumes 1 & 2, each in 2 parts), folio (600 x 440mm.), half-titles, engraved additional title, portrait, 2 double-page maps and 272 plates after Denon, Laborde, Liger, Moulinier and others, some with 2 or more images, contemporary red morocco-backed boards gilt, uncut, a few leaves browned (e.g. "table des matières" leaf  in vol.1 part 1; pp.91, 97, 101, 105 and 111 in vol.1 part 2), occasional spotting

Literature

Berlin Kat. 2769; Palau 128975

Catalogue Note

A GOOD COPY OF LABORDE'S MAGNIFICENT WORK ON SPAIN.

As a member of Lucien Bonaparte's embassy to Spain in 1800-1801, Laborde (1774-1842) was able to follow his passionate interest in Spanish art and history. With the meticulous work of Choiseul-Gouffier on Greece as his model he spent several years amassing information relative to Spanish art, architecture, archaeology and traditions and, aided by a team of highly talented artists, assembled a huge portfolio of drawings.

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