Auction 349 Old & Rare Books - General History & Topography

EGYPT -- MAYER, L. Vues en Egypte, d'après les Dessins Originaux en la possession de Sir Robert Ainslie, (…). Lond., Th. Bensley for R. Bowyer, 1802. (4), 109, (3) pp. W. 48 fine full-p. cold. aquatints captioned in English, engr. by R. Milton. Fol. Cont. red hcf. (Bind. slightly chafed, inner hinge after ti.-p. broken (but sound), first 2 lvs. of text part a bit browned, else remarkably clean and ample margined).

Part of a work that was published in 3 volumes, of which the other 2 describe Palestine and the Ottoman Empire, but complete in itself. The magnificent plates depict antiquities, scenery and costumes, and are the same as occur in the English edition. Luigi Mayer (1755–1803), Italian-German artist, was a close friend of Sir Robert Ainslie, a British ambassador to Turkey between 1776 and 1792. He travelled extensively through the Ottoman Empire between 1776 and 1794, and became well known for his sketches and paintings of panoramic landscapes of ancient sites from the Balkans to the Greek Islands, Turkey and Egypt, particularly ancient monuments and the Nile. - Abbey 369; Ibrahim-Hilmy, vol. II, p. 26.

€ 2000

result € 2200

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