GREECE AND THE LEVANT, A PRIVATE LIBRARY, LOTS 157-213
Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou collection de portraits, de vues et de costumes grecs et ottomans, peints sur les lieux, d'après nature. Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825
FIRST EDITION, large folio (594 x 450mm.), 40 hand-coloured lithographed plates, double-page lithographed plate of a Turkish passport (partly hand-coloured), lithographed illustrations in text, morocco by Zaehnsdorf, lacking half-title
A REMARKABLY CLEAN COPY OF "PROBABLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL [BOOK] EVER PRODUCED ON GREECE AND TURKEY" (Blackmer).
"Dupré had been established in Italy for some years when he was invited to join a group of three young Englishmen - Hyett, Hay and Vivian - on a tour of Greece and Turkey... [He] was well-received in Greek society and had contacts with Fauvel, Gropius, Maitland, etc. etc. His book, probably the most beautiful ever produced on Greece and Turkey, records his experiences mainly in portraits of the people he met, Greeks, Turks and Franks, as well as views of the major Athenian monuments of antiquity"(Blackmer).
Blackmer 517; Droulia 901; Weber I, 131; Atabey 381
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate.
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