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America - Montule, Edouard de:
Recueil des Cartes et des Vues du Voyage en Amerique en Italie en Sicile et en Egypte fait pendant les annees 1816, 1817, 1818 et 1819.
(Paris, Delaunay, 1821).. circa 29,5 x 37,5 cm. Lithographs: title, folding map and 56 views, some in one colour Contemporary cardboard with printed original label to spine ("Atlas du voyage..."). Sabin 50230; Clark II, 47. The rare atlas only, without the 2 volumes of text and here with a total of 58 plates, instead of 59 (bibliographies seem to disagree but there are copies with a total of 59 - so here the plate 59, most likely a view of Egypt, is missing). The charming, sometimes a little naive lithographic plates were made after the author's own drawings. There is a folding map of the East coast of the United States, including the Missouri and Northwest territories and the Caribbean, among the views there are: New York harbor, a mastodon skeleton at the Philadelphia museum, "Encounter with a Rattle Snake" near the Ohio River, the port of St. Domingo, Niagara Falls, a view of St. Thomas, the Philadelphia hospital, Quaker costumes, "Costume des Negresses de St. Thomas," a country estate in Kingston (Jamaica), a church in New Orleans, "Sauvages du Mississippi" etc. Other plates show views from Italy (Livorno, Rome, Vesuvius, Aetna, Sicily etc.), two views of Malta and Gozzo and North Africa. The author is considered to have been one of the first passengers on a steamboat on the Mississippi. - Nice crisp copy, very clean and fresh, only very minor spotting. Binding rubbed, spine reinforced with paper. Plates of America complete, the last plate 59 must be of Egypt.
Bookseller: Antiquariat Thomas Rezek
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