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DU MONCEL, Théodose Achille Louis, comte.

De Venise a Constantinople a travers la Grece et retour par Malte, Messine, Pizzo et Naples.

Published: Paris: Chez De La Rue, [1845]

Stock code: 92385

Price: £48,500

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First edition. A scarce work containing finely drawn views of Venice, Corfu, Athens, Corinth, Constantinople, Malta and elsewhere. The author travelled in Greece and Turkey from the autumn of 1843 to the spring of 1844, and published two other works from his travels at this time: Athenes monumentale et pittoresque (sometimes entitled Vues pittoresques des monuments d’Athenes) and Excursion par terre d’Athenes a Nauplie. It appears that this work, which has the most plates, was the first to appear, with the others deriving from it. The plates in this work are of a high standard and comprise: [General title] Lepante; [sub-title] Episode de la Guerre de l’Independance; 1. Carte de Grece; 2 & 3. Venise; 4. Ancone; 5. Corfou; 6. Patras; 7. Curzola; Calamaki (2 views); 8-23. [Views in Athens, including a folding panorama]; 24. Monastere de Daphnee; 25. Eleusis; 26. Megare; 27-31 [Views in and around Corinth]; 32. Temple de Nemee et tombeau d’Agamemnon (2 views); 33. Acropole de Micenes; 34. Porte des lions; 35. Ruines de Tirynthe; 36. Vue de la plaine d’Argos; 36 bis. Antiquites d’Argos; 37. Nauplie; 38. Temple de Jupiter a Egine; 39. Temple de Sunium; 40. Syra; 41. Folieri (Phocee); 42. Smyrne; 43. Panorama de la Troade (folding plate with 3 views); 44. Les Dardanelles; 45. Constantinople; 46 & 47. Malte; 48. Messine; 49. Pizzo; 50 & 51. Naples.

Landscape folio (64.4 44 cm), 24, 9, [2]. Recent quarter calf, marbled boards, original front wrapper bound-in. Lithograph title page, 51 lithographed plates (2 folding), map of Greece. A fine copy, with one foxed title page.

Bibliography: Blackmer.

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