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The Arabian antiquities of Spain. London, Cadell & Davies [letterpress printed by William Bulmer?], 1 June 1815 [=1812-1816]. Double Elephant folio (67.5×50 cm). With engraved title-page, engraved headpiece to the introduction (dated 28 April 1812), engraved section title and 97 numbered plates, plus an additional plate 8 with the same number but with a different engraving (included in the table of the plates) and 4 other additional plates not in the table of the plates (79, 80, 86a & 86b). Contemporary red half morocco, gilt edges.
BAL 2220; Palau 186308; Lowndes III, p. 1635; Sinclair, Bibliography of art and architecture in the Islamic world 10707. First edition of an impressive work on the art and architecture of Moorish Spain, published in instalments from 1813 to 1816. It contains a total of 102 striking plates, including the four additional plates usually found only in Bohn's reissue published ca. 1830. The plates are preceded by a short introduction, a table of the plates and descriptions of each of the plates. The first 9 (8 numbered) plates show the Mosque at Córdoba, followed by a view of the bridge of Córdoba, while the rest of the work is devoted to the extraordinary complex of the Alhambra. It contains scenic views as well as architectural views, several plans and details of the ornaments, inscriptions and other decorations.It was completed posthumously from the drawings of the Irish architect James Cavanah Murphy (1760-1814), who visited the Alhambra and the Mosque at Córdoba in 1802. Some of the plates were based on engravings from Antigüedades árabes de España, published in 1780, although Murphy has clearly seen and redrawn their subjects.The work is foxed throughout but all plates are printed with very clear impressions. The spine is slightly faded. Good copy of a work with beautiful plates.
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