Lot 355

Middle East - LUYNES (Honoré Théodoric d'Albert, Duke of). Exploration trip to the Dead Sea, Petra and the left bank of the Jordan River. Posthumous work published by his grandsons under the direction of M. le Comte de Vogüé. Paris, Arthus Bertrand, [1871-1876].
3 vol. in-folio bound, printed cover + an atlas in ff. under an editorial portfolio printed in black half cloth, with laces.
I/. 2] ff., [3] pp. (mal ch. II), 388 pp., fig. in-t. ; II/. [3] ff. 222 pp., [3] ff. ; III/. [2] ff., VI, 326 pp., 2 pl. and 2 colour maps, 10 pl. in black and white; IV (atlas)/. [2] ff, 89 pl. and maps (2 folding colour maps, 1 double plate in black - Segor section - 64 pl. of heliogravure photographs, 1 route map, 3 plans and 15 lithographed views).
Scattered freckles on the flights. I and II, more pronounced in vol. III, very rare and marginal freckles for the plates, otherwise very nice copy in excellent condition, as published.
Archaeologist, enlightened numismatist and great bibliophile, Honoré d'Albert, 8th Duke of Luynes (1802-1867) led an expedition to Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon in 1864, to explore the Dead Sea basin with the idea, original for the time, of taking photographs of the sites, monuments and landscapes illustrating this colossal work published after his death. To this end, he enlisted the collaboration of Louis Vignes (an enlightened amateur photographer and lieutenant on board) and Sauvaire, who accompanied him on this expedition and took the calotype photographs. The heliogravures composing this Atlas were made by Charles Nègre and engraved by Cicéri.