CHOISEUL-GOUFFIER, MARIE GABRIEL-AUGUST, COMTE DE. 1752-1817. Voyage Pittoresque de la Grèce. Paris: J.J. Blaise, 1782-1822.

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CHOISEUL-GOUFFIER, MARIE GABRIEL-AUGUST, COMTE DE. 1752-1817.
Voyage Pittoresque de la Grèce. Paris: J.J. Blaise, 1782-1822.

US$ 6,000 - 9,000
£ 4,600 - 6,900
CHOISEUL-GOUFFIER, MARIE GABRIEL-AUGUST, COMTE DE. 1752-1817.
Voyage Pittoresque de la Grèce. Paris: J.J. Blaise, 1782-1822.
2 volumes in 5. Folio (523 x 352 mm). Portrait frontispiece in last volume, 3 engraved titles and 285 numbered engraved plates, maps and plans on 168 leaves (including plates 8bis and 16 bis in Volume II) half-titles in volumes I(1), II(1) and II(4), engraved head and tail-pieces. 20th century three-quarter vellum and marbled boards, red morocco gilt spine labels. Hinges repaired, scuffing and soiling to covers, slight browning and spotting.

FIRST EDITION. Choiseul-Gouffier first went to Greece as a member of a scientific expedition to the eastern Mediterranean commanded by the Marquis de Chabert. The success of the first volume of this work, based on the researches he made on that voyage, led indirectly to his appointment as ambassador to Constantinople in 1784. He explored widely from there in the company of such luminaries as de Villoison, Cassas and Le Chevalier. The plates are mostly after J.B. Hilaire, but also Cassas, Fauvel and, in the case of the costume plates, Moreau le jeune. The final, biographical livraison (volume II part 4) was published posthumously. Atabey 241; Blackmer 342; Cohen-de Ricci, p 238
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