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FORBIN, Louis Nicolas Philippe Auguste, Comte de (1777-1841); Philibert-Louis Debucourt, ( 1755 - 1832 (engraver)); G. Engelmann after Lecomte, Deseynes, Castellan, Carle and Horace Vernet, Fragonard, Thiénon, Legros, Isabey, lithographers.
Voyage dans Ie Levant en 1817 et 1818. First edition.
Paris: Imprimerie royale, 1819. Large folio. 67 x 50 cm. New half Sakora goatskin with marbled boards, preserving the original label, by the artisan binder Sasha Mosalov. Plate volume only with 71 of 80 plates, lacking plates 3, 15, 17, 25, 40, 52, 55, 73. Lacking the title page. Some stains in the margins. Very good.Colas, 1089; Brunet II, 1337; not in OCLC.Written by Nicolas Nicolaides: Baron Louis Nicolas Philippe Auguste de Forbin, later count de Forbin (la Roque-d'Anthéron, 1777 - , 1841) was a French painter, author and antiquarian. He was also a pupil of painter Jacques-Louis David. During the Bourbon restauration, Forbin served as general director of the Louvre Museum and other museums of France.Inspired by the travels of François-René de Chateaubriand, Forbin sailed out from Toulon on 22 August 1817 to tour the eastern Mediterranean. Like Chateaubriand, Forbin travelled on his own initiative, without an order from the French government; however, since the aim of his journey was to discover Greek and Roman antiquities and to draw landscapes of the places he would visit, he was able to travel on the ships of the French fleet of the Levant (Flotte du Levant).In his venture Forbin was accompanied by painters Pierre Prevost and Léon Matthieu Cochereau (also a pupil of David and a nephew of Prévost), as well as architect Jean-Nicolas Huyot. Abbé de Forbin-Janson, later bishop of Nancy, was also a member of the company for the first part of the journey, while Huyot had to retire when he fractured his leg on Milos island. In addition, twenty-four year old Cochereau died of … [Click Below for Full Description]
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