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Mœurs, usages, costumes des Othomans, et abrégé de leur histoire
Six volumes, 16mo : 1) 20 pp, xxxj pp, 120 pp, one coloured frontispiece. - 2) 2 ff. n.c., 225 pp. one f. n.c. of table, one coloured frontispiece. - 3) 2 ff. n. ch., 252 pp. 16 colored plates out of text. - 4) 2 f. n. ch., 282 pp. with one f. n. ch. of table, 17 colored plates. - 5) 2 f. n. ch., 232 pp. 10 colored plates. - 6) 2 ff. n. o., 235 pp. 27 colored plates.
Eggplant glazed calf, 5 raised-bands, decorated spine with gilt fillets and double compartments, double gilt fillet with corner scrolls on the boards, double gilt fillet on the edges, gilt edges, double gilt fillet on the back covers.
First edition, complete with 72 finely engraved and colored plates, representing human types, costumes, musical instruments, pennants, etc. Without the 5 pp. of notice to the binder and the leaf relating to the Arabic spelling, which are not found in most copies.
The painter and engraver Antoine-Laurent Castellan (1772-1838) had made a trip to Turkey and Greece, from where he brought back the drawings that were used for the engraving of our plates.
A fine copy in a fine binding signed by Alphonse Giroux (1775-1848), a paper merchant who did not own a bookbinding workshop, but had this kind of work done by quality craftsmen, while affixing his name and label to the products thus produced.
Quérard II, 75. Colas I, 545. Sale Atabey 205 & 206.