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Levant - Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Greece Forbin, Louis Nicolas Phillipe Auguste de Voyage dans le Levant en 1817 et 1818. In 2 Bdn. (Text and plate volume.) Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1819. The text volume with the often missing published ground plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. 6 sheets, 460 p. 8°. Marbled HLdr. with golgepr. RTitel. First edition. Minor browning. Well preserved with some deposits. Atlas volume with 80 whole pages. Illustrations, 70 of which lithographed by G. Engelmann after Lecomte, Deseynes, Castellan, Carle, and Horace Vernet, Fragonard, Thiénon, Legros, Isabey, and others (3 of these luminous col.), 8 in aquatint from Debucourt after Forbin, and 2 died. Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1819. Folio. Late. Ldr. with gilt RTitel (slightly rubbed). Graesse II, 614. Colas 1089. Blackmer 614. Röhricht 1660. Brunet II, 1337 One of 325 copies. "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'Egypte' or Denon's 'Voyage'" (Navari, Blackmer). In August 1817, the classicist painter and archaeologist Louis Count de Forbin, accompanied by the artist Pierre Prévost and the engineer de Bellefonds, set off on a one-year journey to the Levant as acquisitions commissioner for the Louvre in Denon's succession. This took him to Melos, Athens, Constantinople, Smyrna, Ephesus, Acre, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Cairo, Luxor and Thebes. On magnificent panels, Forbin shows architectural monuments and excavation sites with an archaeological eye, but also sketches a romantic classicist picture of the regions he visited through the artful interweaving of his depictions with fictitious fantastical elements. (Cf. Leitzke, Orient, p. 77). - In the first layers stronger and throughout somewhat foxed, partly with careful backings, the col. plates fresh in color. Plate 15 with backing in the white margin, 17 m. small mis

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