LUYNES (HONORE T.P. JOSEPH D'ALBERT) Voyage d'exploration la Mer Morte a Petra, et sur la rive gauche du Jourdain, 4 vol. (3 of text, and atlas), Paris, [1874]
Lot 108
LUYNES (HONORE T.P. JOSEPH D'ALBERT) Voyage d'exploration la Mer Morte a Petra, et sur la rive gauche du Jourdain, 4 vol. (3 of text, and atlas), Paris, [1874]
£12,000 - 15,000
US$ 20,000 - 26,000
Lot Details
LUYNES (HONORE T.P. JOSEPH D'ALBERT, Duc de)
Voyage d'exploration la Mer Morte a Petra, et sur la rive gauche du Jourdain, 4 vol. including atlas, first edition, half-titles, 78 photographic plates (64 photogravures after Louis Vignes, "sur Acier par Ch. Nègre", and 14 photolithographs after Vignes and Sauvaire by Eugene Ciceri), 10 lithographed plates of geological subjects, 11 maps, plans and diagrams (some printed in colours, others engraved, several double-page), numerous illustrations in the text, occasional light browning to text, uncut in publisher's blue printed wrappers, plates loose as issued in publisher's cloth-backed boards, folio, Paris, Arthus Bertrand, [1874]

Footnotes

  • In 1864 Honoré Théodore Paul Joseph d'Albert, duc de Luynes (1802-1867), noted archaeologist, numismatist and photography enthusiast, sponsored an important expedition to Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria, the results of which were published in this posthumously published work. The majority of the fine illustrations are photogravures by Charles Nègre after photographs taken by Louis Vignes (1831-1896), a marine officer who accompanied the expedition and provided the section of text "De Petra a Palmyre".

    The followng year the duc de Luynes had instigated a competition for photomechanical processes. Whilst Nègre did not win the top prize, the duc was impressed enough to engage him to work on Voyage d'exploration (see Ken Jacobson, Odalisques & Arabesques: Orientalist Photography 1839-1925, 2007, p.258).
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