Voyage de S.A.R. Monseigneur le Duc de Montpensier à Tunis, en Egypte, en Turquie et en Grèce.
: Sinety, André Louis de & Latour, Antoine deYear
: First editionPublisher
: Paris; Arthus BertrandCategory
: The Levant
Antoine d’Orléans, duc de Montpensier (1824 - 1890) was the youngest son of king Louis-Philippe of France. In 1845, in the company of his friend Antoine de Latour, he visited a part of the Maghreb and the Levant. They travelled aboard the vessel "Gomer" of which André Louis de Sinety, an accomplished artist, was the Deputy Commander.
After their return Antoine de Latour published a book about their voyage with a description of the places visited and the events which happened during their visits. The drawings by Sinety were carefully lithographed by Bayot, Dauzats, Guiaud, Mayer and Sabatier.
The plano atlas in contemporary shagreen over cloth boards, 562 x 392 mm. Extremities a bit rubbed, the cloth of the backboard stained and damaged at the lower outer corner.
This rare atlas contains a duo tone lithographed title page and 31 fine duo tone lithographs. There is some very light foxing throughout, but the impressive plates are still very beautiful.
The even more rare text volume is bound in red morocco. The boards, decorated with gilt inner dentelles, panelled in gilt with triple gilt filets on the outer side and richly gilt within a single gilt filet on the inner side. The slightly darkened spine divided in five compartments by four raised bands with the titles in the second compartment and the other compartments decorated in gilt.
Some light foxing throughout, 8vo., complete with half title, pp. ii (avertissement), 261. All edges gilt.
Bibliography Sinety: Atabey 1138, Blackmer 952, Chadenat 4421, Gay 362, Prince Ibrahim Hilmy I, pg. 358, Weber 400.
Bibliography Latour: Atabey 676, Blackmer 952, Gay 362, Prince Ibrahim Hilmy I, pg. 358, Weber 399.
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