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Voyage dans la Russie MÈridonale & la CrimÈe

by DEMIDOFF, Anatole de

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With 100 Beautiful Contemporary Hand-Colored Lithographed Plates DEMIDOFF, Anatole de. [RAFFET, Auguste, illustrator]. Voyage dans la Russie mÈridonale & la CrimÈe, par la Hongrie, la Valachie & la Moldavie exÈcutÈ en 1837, sous la direction de M. Anatole de Demidoff, par MM. de Sainson, Le Play, Huot, LÈveillÈ, de Nordmann, Rousseau et du Ponceau. DÈdiÈ a Sa MajestÈ Nicolas Premier, Empereur de toutes les Russies. DessinÈ díaprËs nature et lithographiÈ par Raffet. Paris: PubliÈ par Gihaut FrËres, [1838-1848]. First edition. Large folio (21 1/8 x 13 5/8 inches; 530 x 348 mm.). [2], 64 pp (complete). With half-title, lithographed title, with the plate list on verso and 100 contemporary hand-colored lithographed plates (including additional title and nine other section titles) by Raffet, all on large, thick paper stock. Plates printed by Auguste Bry. With the descriptive text for plate 1-87 bound in (as usual to not have the descriptive text for plates 88-100). According to Brunet, the descriptive text to accompany this volume was issued separately from the plates and it is unusual to find a copy with any text bound in. Contemporary half red morocco over marbled boards. Boards ruled in gilt. Spine lettered and decoratively tooled in gilt. Minimal wear to extremities, including a thumbnail size peeling to the bottom edge of the front marbled board. Overall very clean except for dampstaining to back endpapers and occasionally to the upper corner of some plate, but only occurring on the verso, not affecting the plates. Some light marginal browning. a closed crack to upper outer hinge, with no loss. Previous owner, Baron de Norimont's armorial bookplate on front pastedown. Overall a wonderful copy. ìIn 1837 Prince Demidoff appointed Raffet staff artist for an expedition through Hungary to southern Russia, returning by way of Constantinople. This ënumerous group of travellers, friends of knowledge and still more of travellingí (p. 3), was on the road from 2 July to 10 November, when Raffet returned to Paris with many sketches. He told the Gihaut brothers that he was ëburning to execute themí as lithographs...but his pursuit of perfection delayed the appearance of Prince Demidoffís book for ten years. The aspect of the countries and people visited by Demidoff, not to mention the nature of their manners and customs, was largely unfamiliar to the Europeans of that day. Raffet placed these things before them in such a to capture the interest of ëthe military expert and the engineer, the captain and the simply curious like ourselves.í The wild scenery and exotic architectures of the region are displayed; cities and villages alternate with rivers, plains, and mountains. Hungarian, Tartar, and gypsy life is shown with a vivid command of ëlocal color.í The grandiose military colony of Czar Nicholas at Vosnessensk appears in all its glory, even as the vast Russian army is passed in review. And there are many portraits, the most striking of which is that of the Czar (no. 56), the most engaging that of Raffet himself (no. 94) in the uniform of the expedition with his sketchbooks under his armî (Ray). Atabey 337. Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, 119. Brunet 2:583 HBS 65221. $45,000
  • Bookseller: Heritage Book Shop, LLC US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 65221
  • Title: Voyage dans la Russie MÈridonale & la CrimÈe
  • Author: DEMIDOFF, Anatole de
  • Book condition: Used
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: PubliÈ par Gihaut FrËres
  • Place: Paris
  • Date published: 1848


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