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BARTHÉLEMY, Jean-Jacques (1716--1795)
[Voyage du jeune Anacharsis en Grèce. 1788]

Voyage du jeune Anacharsis en Grèce, dans le milieu du quatrième siècle avant l'ère vulgaire. ...
A Paris chez De Bure l'aíné, 1788.
5 vols ; 29.5 cm. (4º)
I: vii, [1], [9], [1], 553, [3] p.
II: [6], 646 p., [2] p.
III: [6], 599, [3] p.
IV: [6], 383, [1], clxxxiv, [4] p.
V: xli p.; [1] fold. map, IV engr. maps, 27 engr. pl. (chiefly maps)

This is the first edition of a subsequently very popular and much-imitated work. Published anonymously by J.-J. Barthélemy, a Jesuit archaeologist who began writing it in 1756, it employs the narrative device of an educated barbarian traveller (i.e. the legendary Scythian prince Anacharsis) through whose foreign eyes a detailed picture of ancient Hellenic life and customs emerges all the more vividly. The atlas (vol. V) has a title-page reading: 'Recueil De Cartes Géographiques: Plans, Vues Et Médailles De L'Ancienne Grèce Relatifs Au Voyage Du Jeune Anacharsis ...' and includes an 'Analyse Critique' by the cartographer Jean-Denis Barbié du Bocage. Most of the maps, bearing dates between 1780 and 1788, are by Barbié du Bocage; plate 26 is by Jean-Baptiste Bourgignon d'Anville. Plates I, 5, 11, 14--17, 19 and 22 have the maps hand-coloured in outline. Included at the end of the atlas is a 'Dissertation' (presumably by Barthélemy) on an ancient inscription found on a marble in the possession of the comte de Choiseul-Gouffier. Soane also owned a 12º edition of the text (1789, q.v.); a separate copy of an untraced edition of the 'Recueil de Cartes géographiques, Plans, Vues et Médailles ... relatifs au Voyage du jeune Anacharsis' in original paper boards (q.v.); and an abridgement for young people published in London, 1800 (q.v.).

Copy Notes With a second, larger version of the map 'La Grèce et ses Isles ...' (pl. IV) bound in at the beginning of the sequence of plates in vol. V and an unsigned, uncaptioned etched adaption of pl. 24 depicting Plato and his disciples at Cape Sunium (probably by an amateur hand) inserted as a bis plate. Neither of these extra plates are mentioned in the 'Table des Planches'.

Binding Late C18th red morocco, gilt-tooled spine, gilt-rolled greek key borders, end-papers lined in light blue silk, light blue silk bookmarks

Reference Number 269


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