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Saint,-Non, Jean Claude Richard & Vivant de Vivant-Denon, Dominique
Voyage Pittoresque; ou Descriptions des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicile
Avec Approbation, et Privilege du Roi. Paris: 1781-1786. First Edition. FIRST EDITION, 4 volumes bound in 5, folio (510 x 328mm), half-titles, engraved title vignettes, dedication to Marie-Antoinette, 275 engraved plates (of 276), many with two views, 15 maps, and plans, 9 double-page, numerous engraved head-and-tail-pieces (some hand- coloured), CONTEMPORARY MOTTLED CALF GILT BY J. DAHMEN, AMSTERDAM, red spines, gilt in compartments, black labels, gilt edges, lacking one plate in volume 2 (the rarely found phallic plate), 3F2 in vol. 1 browned (with engraved vignette of Vesuvius on verso), occasional spotting or browning, bindings slightly rubbed, lower cover of volume 1, part 2 scuffed Saint-Non originally travelled to Italy in 1759 with Fragonard and Robert. He produced a series of collections of engravings as a result and, encouraged by the success of these, in 1777 he planned the far more ambitious account of his travels in Southern Italy. Although he already had much material, it needed to be supplemented with more contemporary accounts and illustrations of the eruption of Vesuvius etc. An expedition was sent through Naples and Sicily under Denon whilst Saint-Non remained in France to supervise the production of the prints and to organize the material for publication. The work was arranged in narrative style freely borrowing from D’Hancarville, Hamilton and others for additional material. Some of the most important illustrators of the time were used including Cochin and Saint-Aubin. Throughout the work Saint-Non strove to maintain the interest of his subscribers by ma … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
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