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[MAYER, Luigi]:
A SELECTION OF THE MOST INTERESTING OF SIR ROBERT AINSLIE'S CELEBRATED COLLECTION OF VIEWS IN TURKEY IN EUROPE, AND IN ASIA; SYRIA, SICILY, THE EOLIAN ISLANDS; TEMPLE OF DIANA, AT EPHESUS; JUPITER AMMON, IN LIBYA; &C &C; [Bound with] Views of Egypt, Palestine, and Asia Minor. Extra-illustrated edition with 8 additional plates.
London: R. Bowyer. 1811. First edition thus. First edition thus. Folio. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards, ruled and with titles in gilt to the spine. The first title illustrated with 24 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates, including a double page view of Constantinople, the second with a further 24, as well as 8 additional plates bound in at the rear. Plates water-marked 1809. A wonderfully fine untrimmed copy with deckled edges. The binding square and firm with a little rubbing, minor bumping to the spine ends and corners and a couple of small dents to the fore-edge of the upper board. The contents with creasing to the endpapers and the occasional minor mark to page margins are otherwise in excellent order, clean throughout and free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps. The plates remain exceptionally clean and bright. A superb extra-illustrated edition of Mayer's fine views of the Middle East. Luigi Mayer (1755–1803), the Italian-German watercolourist and draughtsman, who trained under Piranesi, was one of the earliest and most accurate delineators of the Near East prior to David Roberts. During the early nineteenth century, Mayer became well-known for his panoramic landscapes of ancient sites and monuments which simultaneously depicted the contemporary daily social and cultural life of the Ottoman Empire. The bulk of his work was commissioned by his close friend Sir Robert Ainslie (1729/30-1812), a British ambassador to Turkey and noted orientalist. Between 1776 and 1794 the pair travelled extensively together through the region, documenting … [Click Below for Full Description]
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