GREECE]]]] DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans. Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825.

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GREECE]]]] DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837.
Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans. Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825.

US$ 40,000 - 60,000
£ 32,000 - 48,000
GREECE]]]] DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837.
Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans. Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825.
Folio (612 x 463 mm). Half-title, 39 hand-colored lithographic plates (lacking plate 40) and double-page partly colored plate of an Ottoman passport document, 12 lithographic illustrations in text. Contemporary half roan and marbled boards, gilt titles on spine, marbled endpapers. Rebacked, retaining original spine, dampstain to first 10 leaves of text at top margin, foxing throughout.
Provenance: Christie's London, May 12, 1993, lot 103.

FIRST EDITION of "probably the most beautiful [book] ever produced on Greece and Turkey" (Blackmer 517), issued in 10 parts with 4 plates each. The plates, by Formentin, Motte and others, bear the blind stamps of the atelier in the margins.

Dupré was an accomplished painter before making his trip to Greece, having served as court painter to King Jerome-Napoleon Bonaparte of Westphalia. He drew his images of people and places he encountered while touring Greece and Turkey in 1819, accompanied by Joseph Marie Jouannin, the interpreter to the French embassy. Jouannin introduced him to a number of important people, some of whom are pictured here, including Demetrius Mavromichalis, the sons of the Pasha of Thessalia, an aide-de-camp to Greek general Markos Botsaris, and Moldavian Prince Michael Soutzos. Atabey 381; Droulia 901; Lipperheide Lb 52; Colas 916.

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