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ALLEMAGNE, Henry-René d'.

Du Khorassan au pays des Backhtiaris....

Trois mois de voyage en Perse.

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Published: Paris Hachette et Cie., 1911

Stock Code: 127314

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First and limited edition, number 115 of 250 copies on vélin from the edition of 510. D'Allemagne (1863-1950) was "one of the most important specialists of the decorative arts from the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th" (Dictionnaire Critique des Historiens de l'Art). This work was based on the fourth trip he made to Persia in 1907, having been asked by the French government to investigate the archaeological monuments of the region. His account turned into this "monumental work" of four richly illustrated volumes that are "a feast for the eyes and a most instructive source of information" (Review, Bibliothèque de l'école des chartes, 1913). In the first two volumes, D'Allemagne composes an encyclopaedic description of the culture and arts of Persia. The second two volumes are an account of his journey from Ashkabad on to Enzeli on the Caspian Sea, via Tehran and Ispahan. The final volume also includes a reflection on the Iranian Constitutional Revolution that was in progress during his travels and as he was writing the text. This lovingly produced work, printed by Belin Frères, "is a vast and precious document" and the author "exerted all his efforts producing (in colour) the images and plates, which are close to perfection" (Review, Annales de Géographie, 1912). D'Allemagne worked for a large part of his life at the library of the Arsenal in Paris and is also well know for his work on antique playing cards.

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4 volumes, quarto (317 x 247 mm). Modern light brown half cloth, marbled sides, brown morocco labels, original wrappers bound in front and back.


With 255 plates, the majority in high quality photogravure, 47 of them coloured, a number chromolithographic and pochoir, many colour-process printed from photographs on stiff brown card mounting leaves, with captioned tissue-guards, 960 images throughout


Externally very good, with some light shelf wear to spines and tips, half-title volume 1 chipping and reinforced at the margins, title page similarly reinforced top and bottom, first 10 or so leaves with light damp stains and rippling in tail margin, all volumes with light marginal browning. A very good set.


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