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Voyage dans le Levant.
De l'Imprimerie royale Paris 1819 - Folio (68 x 51cm). viii, 132pp., complete with the half-title, 80 plates, of which 70 lithographed, 8 aquatinted and 2 engraved, by Englemann and Debucourt after Forbin, Castellan, Deseynes, Fragonard, Isabey, Vernet and others; occasional spotting. Contemporary French half red sheep over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt and gilt in compartments; corners restored, a bit rubbed but still a very good copy. One of the first important French books to use lithography on a grand scale - Finely bound with the rare folio text. Includes the famous image of Bernardino Drovetti, French consul in Egypt and notable collector of antiquities, portrayed holding a plumb line to a colossal statue. To his left, in Arab costume, is the Marseilles-born sculptor Jean-Jacques Rifaud, who combed Egypt for relics on behalf of the consul. Forbin's was one of the first important French books to use lithography on a grand scale, and the standard of production is equal to that of Napoleon's Description de l'Égypte. Most of the plates illustrate views in Egypt and Syria. In 1816 Forbin replaced Denon as Director of Museums, and in 1817 he undertook a year-long voyage to the Levant, having been authorised to purchase antiquities for the Louvre. He travelled to Milos where his son-in-law had negotiated the purchase of the recently discovered Venus de Milo, and from there to Athens, Constantinople, Asia Minor, Syria, and Palestine. From Jaffa he travelled overland to Egypt and visited Alexandria. Only 325 sets were printed. Blackmer 614; Colas 1089; Rohricht 1660; Tobler pp. 144-145. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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