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Inauguration du Canal du Suez - Voyage des - NICOLE, Gustave - 1869. 
Ad1: Blackmer 1198, 611; Heritage Library, Islamic treasures, s. v. "Art"; ad 2: cf. Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 235; Gay 2439. First edition of the chronicle of the elaborate festivities given for the inauguration of the Suez Canal (Qanat al-Suwais), opened in November 1869 after ten years of construction work - an event attended by the most prestigious occidental figures, finely illustrated by Riou, the Khedive's official painter.The painter Riou also signed the plates of the second work: a detailed account of the canal construction by Marius Fontane, secretary to Lesseps. 500 copies of Fontane's work were printed, with 200 reserved for the Khedive Ismail, of which this is one. As the Khedive objected to the preface of Fontane's work, which gave credit for the canal to Lesseps, he had the relevant parts removed: the frontispiece portrait of Lesseps, the preface and the final six quires (included the accompanying plates 21-25).Plates slightly foxed, otherwise in very good condition.
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