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VOYAGE PITTORESQUE OU DESCRIPTION DES ROYAUMES DE NAPLES ET DE SICILE.

VOYAGE PITTORESQUE OU DESCRIPTION DES ROYAUMES DE NAPLES ET DE SICILE.

SAINT-NON, JEAN CLAUDE RICHARD, ABBE DE (1727-1791). 4 volumes bound in 5, folio 20 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches, handsomely bound in 19th century half calf with gilt spines and red leather lettering labels. First edition. Half titles and titles with engraved vignettes, engraved dedication to Marie-Antoinette, text collated- illustrated with 303 engraved plates with 439 engraved images - made up as follows- 15 maps and plans, 274 plates of views and artefacts of which 136 have 2 engraved plates per page plus 14 plates of medallions. Plates complete as listed in the bibliography Brunet with misnumbering of plates 92-95 in volume 3, minor anomaly to Brunet's description of the additional text leaves between 130 and 131 in volume 3. Text illustrated with numerous head and tail pieces including in volume 2 - 25 hand coloured tail pieces of subjects from Greek vases. Included is the Phallus plate said to have been censored by the King of Naples. One plate is an aquatint. Some occasional spotting and old marks, one text leaf repaired but a good copy. Saint-Non (1727-1791) went to Italy in 1759 and studied art and architecture in Rome, where he met the painters Hubert-Robert and Fragonard. He travelled to Naples with Hubert-Robert in the spring of 1760, spending several weeks in Naples itself, Paestum, Pompeii and Herculaneum, where he drew copies of wall-paintings and antiquities, which were eventually prepared for publication during a stay at the Villa d'Este at Tivoli. On his return to Paris in 1761, preparation of the plates for this work were put in hand at the suggestion of Jean Benjamin de la Borde (co-author of Tableaux de la Suisse with the Baron von Zurlauben). However, the cost of production of the work ruined Saint-Non financially, hastening his death in 1791. A MASTERPIECE OF FRENCH 18TH CENTURY PUBLISHING AND ENGRAVING. From the library of John Wordsworth who was the nephew of William Wordsworth with his inscription on the endpaper saying - 'collated with Brunet the 5 volumes perfect, J. Wordsworth Trin Coll Cant'.
OCCASIONAL FAC-SIMILE REPRINTS of Rare and Curious Tracts of the 16th and 17th Centuries.

OCCASIONAL FAC-SIMILE REPRINTS of Rare and Curious Tracts of the 16th and 17th Centuries.

ASHBEE, EDMUND WILLIAM. 2 volumes small quarto 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches. Handsomely leather bound in full red morocco gilt by Tucker binder to the Queen with his printed mark to the endpapers. 2 general titles, 2 lists of tracts and 30 tracts, complete. A limited edition of 100 copies-the verso of the titles and every tract signed by Ashbee and numbered 26 of 100. All wrappers bound in and illustrated with woodcut illustrations where applicable. Occasional minor spots. A lovely copy of a very scarce compendium. Comprises: Bartholomew Faire, 1641: Archy's Dream. 1641: The Stage Players' Complaint, 1641: The Actor's Remonstrance, 1643: The Wyse Chylde: The Prophesie of Mother Shipton, 1641: The Assyse of Breade, 1540: Wandering to see the Wonders of the West, by John Taylor, 1649: An ordinance for the suppression of stage plays, 1647: Edw. Webbe's Travels, 1590: The Carriers' Cosmographie, by John Taylor, 1637: The Debate and Stryfe betwene Somer and Wynter: The Humors of Bottom the Weaver, 1661: A Treatyse of this Galaunt with the maryage of the Bosse of Byllyngesgate; A new play called Canterburie, his change of Diot, 1641: A certain Relation of the Hog-faced Gentlewoman called, Mistris Tannakin Skinker, 1640: Drinke and Welcome, by John Taylor, 1637: Lady Eleanor Audeley's "Strange and Wonderful prophesies," 1649: The Generous Usurer, 1641: The Primrose of London, 1585: Mad Fashions, Od Fashions, by John Taylor, 1642: The Poet's Blind Man's Bough, 1641: A Three-fold Discourse, 1642: Heads of all Fashions, by John Taylor, 1642: The English Mountebank, 1652: Today a man. To-morrow none, 1644: The Sea-man's Triumph, 1592: The Last Will and Testament of Charing Cross, 1646: Crete Wonders Foretold, 1647: Historia Histrionica, 1699.