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Voyage historique, littéraire et pittoresque dans les isle et possessions ci-devant Vénitiennes du Levant;
Paris: Tavernier, An VIII,, 1810. Savoir: Corfou, Paxo, Bucintro, Parga, Prevesa, Vonizza, Sainte-Maure, Thiaqui, Céphalonie, Zante, Strophades, Cérigo et Cérigotte … 4 volumes, 3 volumes octavo ( 196 × 123 mm) text in contemporary streaked sheep, tan and black morocco labels, flat spine, compartments formed by chequered bands, gilt floral tools in the first and fifth, the third and sixth filled with a repeated wavy ribbon tool, single gilt flower and ellipse roll panel to the boards, edges and endpapers marbled; atlas in contemporary marbled boards. 9 maps, one of them folding, and 21 plates, views, "types", and antiquities. Half-titles bound in. Text volumes just a little rubbed, particularly at the extremities, light restoration at heads and tails of the spines, tan-burn to a few leaves front and back in each volume, light browning else; atlas volume also a little rubbed, the spine skilfully restored, some mild staining in the margins of some plates, overall a very good set. First edition. "This important and very detailed work describes the Ionian Islands shortly after their acquisition by the French. Grasset de Saint-Sauveur lived in there from 1781 until 1798, latterly as a commissioner of commercial relations for Napoleon. The islands had come into the possession of France in 1797" (Blackmer). Grasset's father - also André, who had previously been embroiled in the "affaire du Canada" - was consul-general for the îles Vénitiennes, and made his son vice-consul for Corfu in 1782 and later interim consul to Zante. He was subsequently commercial commissioner at Majorca, publishing his Voyages au îles Baléares in 1806, Lübeck and Kiel (Mézin, Les consuls de France au siècle des lumières ,1715-1792). Bookplate of the notable, and reclusive, Belgian bibliophile François-Xaiver Borluut de Noortdonck to the front pastedown of volume I. Attractive and uncommon complete, as here.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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