Voyage en Orient; Voyage de la Syrie & Voyage de l'Asie Mineure
: Laborde, Léon comte deYear
: First editionPublisher
: Paris; Firmin DidotCategory
: The LevantPrice
: € 20,000.-
'Voyage en Orient' consists of two works, viz. 'Voyage de la Syrie' and 'Voyage de l'Asie Mineure", here bound together. Both works are rare and only very seldom offered combined.
Red morocco over paper cover boards, imperial folio; 595 x 445 mm. The spine lettered and decorated in gilt.
Two lithographed title pages with a vignet, two historiated woodcut initials with a border by Fragonard, decorating the first leaves of the introduction to both titles and 63 (of 88) + 47 (of 80) leaves of plates respectively of which 4 and 2 plates are finished by some degree of handcolouring. The 110 leaves of both titles together with 242 lithographed plates in total.
Of the last four plates of the second title one is a folding plate and three are double page panoramas.
Apart from 2 pages of text on the versos of the historiated woodcut initials no further text pages, as often.
Some spotting in various degrees throughout, heavier on a few leaves (see pics. # 11 & 12), while other leaves are (almost) clean. A few leaves with an unobtrusive dampstain in the lower margin.
First, in 1827 in the company of his father, he travelled via Florence, Rome, Naples and Otranto to the Levant; Corfu, Constantinople, Jerusalem and Alexandria. Later, after his father had returned home, he explored the valley of the Nile and Jordania.
From 1837 onwards these two books were published in installments, under the title 'Voyage en Orient', 36 installments in total at a price of Ffr. 12,- each. It was up to the subscribers to divide these installments into two folio volumes; one for Asia Minor, the other for Syria including the Lebanon and Palestine. According to the Journal Général de la Littérature de France
the first installment was for 'Voyage de la Syrie', while installments 2 ~ 4 all were for 'Voyage de l'Asie Mineure'.
Because of the way of publication complete copies of both works are extremely rare today.
Brunet mentions 40 installments with a total of 180 sheets, however, the work was completed with 168 sheets in 36 installments.
Collation Voyage de La Syrie:
Lithographed title page with fontispiece
Tipped in explication with the bookplate of Friedrich August II of Saxony underneath
Lithographed introduction with historiated woodcut initial, followed by 1 page of text only, followed by the plates (in brackets the nr. of plates per sheet unless there is only one. Verso's blank):
St. Antoine (2)
Beirou + Bechiza
El Hosn (2)
Gaza + Hebron
Les cèdres de Salomon
Liban (2) + St. Georgios (2)
Nebbi-Djounis + Seide
Seide + Beyrout + Latakie + Sour (3)
Jourdain (2) + Tiberias
Florita + Tortose (3)
Karac + Tripolis
Kepse + el Okrah
St. Saba + Jericho
Jericho (coloured) + Damas (coloured)
Damas (coloured) + Halep (coloured)
Bosra (coloured) + Damas (coloured)
Damas + Ghor Meridionale
Scènes de Mœ
Alep (coloured) (2)
Costumes Syriens (6)
Collation Voyage en Asie Mineure:
Dedication page from comte Leon de Laborde to his father Alexandre, the marquess de Laborde.
Lithographed introduction with historiated woodcut initial followed by 1 page of text, then by the plates:
Selefke + Plan de Selefke
Méandre + Constantinople
Tchavdère + Plan de Tchavdère
Pambouk-kalesi + Plan de Pamboukkalesi (Hierapolis)
Konieh - Le Caire (2)
Constantinople (coloured) + Caramanie (coloured)
Constantinople (coloured) + Sardes (coloured)
Zumbat - Kalessi (2)
Gallus + Chougout (3)
Koumbet + Kosref Pacha Khan
Afioum Karahissar + Arras + Caramanie + Yalovatch
Panorama (double page)
d'Ephèse (double page)
Panorama de Teos (foldout)
Ruines de Temple d'Appolion (2) (double page)
Brunet III, 714.
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