Travel & Natural History | 21 March 2013
(Jean Claude Richard, Abb'e9 de )
Sold for £11000
(Jean Claude Richard, Abb'e9 de ) Voyage pittoresque ou description des royaumes de Naples et de Sicile , 4 vol. in 5, half-titles, engraved vignette titles, 390 fine engraved plates on 303 sheets (lacking the phallus plate as with many copies), 14 engraved maps, some hand-coloured in outline, engraved vignettes and head- and tail-pieces, 25 vignettes in vol.1 part 2 with fine hand-colouring also with 1 plate tinted by hand, occasional light browning or spotting, contemporary half calf, spines gilt with morocco labels, some scuffing to boards, [Blackmer 1473; Cohen-de Ricci 928-930; Brunet V, 55-56; Berlin Kat. 1904], Paris, Clousier, 1781-86.
⁂ Auction records differ between copies as to the number of plates, however this copy corresponds exactly with Brunet other than in the absence of the phallus plate in vol. 2 and the mis-binding of the additional gatherings in vol.3 (all however remain present).
' One of the monuments of French eighteenth-century book production' . Blackmer.
Jean Claude Richard de Saint-Non went to Italy in 1759 and studied art and architecture in Rome where he met the artists Fragonard and Hubert-Robert, who were among those who contributed drawings for this work. He travelled to Naples with them in the spring of 1760, spending several weeks in Naples itself, as well as visiting Paestum, Pompeii and Herculaneum, where he drew copies of murals and antiquities. On his return to Paris in 1761 preparation of the plates was put in hand under the direction of Jean Benjamin de Laborde, co-author with Zurlauben of the equally monumental Tableau… de la Suisse. However the cost of such a lavish production ruined Saint-Non and hastened his death in 1791.
The magnificent engraved plates include maps, views of Naples and its environs, neighbouring towns, Vesuvius, churches, palaces and other buildings, catacombs, temples, tombs, grottos, ancient and Renaissance works of art, and many other architectural and scenic subjects, after Cochin, Fragonard, Hubert-Robert, Saint-Non and others. The descriptive text is by Dominique Vivant-Denon.
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