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Le Desert de Suez: Cinq Mois dans L'Isthme
Paris - Hetzel Collection, 1863 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. An account of the time that landscape artist Narcisse Berchere spent in Suez. Features a fold-out colour map of Isthmus to the rear. With armorial bookplate dated Paris 1834 to front pastedown. Narcisse Berchre was commissioned by Ferdinand de Lesseps to make a visual record of the first phase of the construction of the Suez Canal. To this end, he spent five months in the Isthmus, from November 1861 to March 1862. He is said, by his first biographer, Bernard Prost to have completed an 'album', containing 68 plans, drawings and watercolours. This 'album' was given by Berchre to Ferdinand de Lesseps, who then presented it to Emperor Napoleon III, via the Duc de Bassano. It was held at the Palais des Tuileries in Paris, where it is believed to have perished, when the Palace was burned down in 1871, at the time of the Commune. Fortunately, Narcisse Berchre also gave a verbal account of his experiences in a book, published by Jules Hetzel in 1863, Le Dsert de Suez: cinq mois dans l'Isthme. Condition: In a quarter crushed morocco binding with marbled boards. Externally, very good with just a little shelfwear. Internally, firmly bound. Generally bright and clean, with just occasional light spottingand occasional dusting to the top edge, not affecting the text. Ink inscription to half-title. Overall: VERY GOOD..
      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
Last Found On: 2013-07-26           Check availability:      Biblio    

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