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SAINT-NON, Jean Baptiste Claude Richard de (1727--1791)
Voyage pittoresque ou description des royaumes de Naples et de Sicile. ...
A Paris [de l'imprimerie de Clousier], 1781--6.
5 vols ; 50.8 cm. (2°)
I,i: [2], xiii, [3], 252 p., engr. dedic., [4] maps (3 fold., 1 hand-col.), [47] pl. : engr. illus.
I,ii: [2], xxviii, 283, [1] p., [2] fold. maps, [80] pl. : engr. illus. (some hand-col.)
III: [2], iv, xl, 201, [1] p., [4] fold. maps, [61] pl.: illus.
IV,i: [2], ii, xviii, 266 p., [1] fold. map, [70] pl. : engr. illus.
IV,ii: [2], iv, [1], 268--429, [1] p., [21] pl. : engr. illus.

Saint-Non's name appears on the dedication and the name of the printer, Clousier, is given in vol. I, p. xiii. The numbering of the volumes is irregular. Volume I is in two parts dated 1781 and 1782; vol. III containing the description of Magna Grecia is dated 1783; volume IV, containing the description of Sicily, is in two parts dated 1785 and 1786. The preface to vol. IV part 2 gives an account of the work in which Saint-Non is credited with writing the journal of the voyage, being the guide, and presiding over the work of the artists in Calabria and Sicily. Some of the leaves of plates bear the impressions of two coppers. Those in vol. I are irregularly numbered; the plates in vol. III are numbered 1--100 and those in the two parts of vol. IV, [1]--140.

Copy Notes Volume III has a duplicate pl. 80 bound between plates 26/27 and 28/29. Pencil note by Soane giving a translation in the margin of vol. III, p. 15.

Binding C18th diced russia, gilt double-rule and tooled borders with grape vine motif, gilt roll-tooled spines with pentaglyph and metope motif, marbled endpapers, light blue silk bookmarks.

Reference Number 3258


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