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CASSAS, Louis François (1756--1827)
Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phœnicie, de la Palæstine, et de la Basse Ægypte: ouvrage divisé en trois volumes, contenant environ trois cent trente planches, gravées sur les dessins ou sous la direction du C.en Cassas, peintre, l'un des artistes employés par l'auteur du Voyage de la Grèce; un discours préliminaire pour chaque volume, par le C.en Volney, ... ; un texte rédigé par les C.C. F.J.G. La Porte-du-Theil, ... J.G. Legrand, ... L. Langlès, ... [ ] Livraison composée de [ ] planches.
A Paris de l'imprimerie de la République, An VII. [i.e. 1799].
2 vols ; 55.0 cm. (2°)
I: 7, [1], 7, [1], 8, 8, 15, [1], 12, 20, 8 p., [90] pl. (11 double-p., 1 fold.)
II: [90] pl. (4 double-p., 12 fold.)

Issued in parts without title-page; the title is taken from printed blue wrappers bound at start of each volume of the Soane copy. Only thirty parts or 'livraisons' were issued, each containing six plates. At first each livraison included a letterpress 'explication provisoire' but these ceased to be supplied after the 7th livraison as explained by a note at the end of the letterpress for that part asking subscribers to wait for the 'texte definitif'. The Soane copy, which like the BAL copy is made up of before letter proof plates, includes letterpress prospectus sheets supplying the captions for the 6th and 8th through 30th livraisons. The prospectus sheet for the 15th livraison includes an 'Avis Aux Souscripteurs' attributing the delay in the promised 'texte definitif' to the poor quality of the stock of 'papier grand-jésus vélin'; the imminent delivery of new paper is announced but the letterpress promised with the 19th and 20th livraisons never materialised. The Soane copy has only 180 plates as called for in the letterpress or prospectus sheets issued with each of the thirty livraisons, compared to 183 found in the BAL copy. BAL, Early printed books, no. 580.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the initial 'Prospectus' (7, [1] pp., sig. A1-4) dated 'Germinal An VI.' and the letterpress to the 6th livraison (20 pp.). Bought through Mr Conduitt from J. Salmon, marchand d'estampes, 7 Boulevard Montmartre for 200 Fr. on 9 September 1819. (Priv. Corr. XVI.B.4.2). Soane visited Paris with William Pilkington, Mr and Mrs Conduitt and Henry Parke from 21 August to 23 September 1819. Volume I inscribed in ink at foot of title on printed wrapper Epreuves avant la lettre and also 'Livraisons' 1e a 15e, and in pencil on front free-endpaper Le 2 vol. 10.0.0; rear free-endpaper inscribed in ink 220 f. Volume II wrapper likewise inscribed in ink Sans Lettres, and 16e a 30e. Loosely inserted in vol. II are a contents list drafted in ink and pencil by George Bailey (the paper is watermarked 1823) with some annotations by Spiers, and a C20th topographical 'Index' by Spiers.

Binding Contemporary C19th quarter red roan, cerise paper boards, gilt double-ruled spines, blue paper wrappers retained. 30 livraisons bound in two volumes.

Reference Number 5645


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