Small oblong folio (342 x 256 mm). 18 original watercolour plates on papier vergé, trimmed and mounted on old paper. Bound in elaborately gilt and blindstamped contemporary eggplant-coloured morocco with giltstamped cover monogram "RF", leading edges and inner dentelle gilt. Moirée endpapers. Very attractive series of original 18th century watercolours in a contemporary album, mostly captioned in French on the reverse. The fine ensemble, representing the costumes of the Ottoman court at Constantinople, includes: "Koulluhidji turque", "Esclave du serail", "Vendeur de lait caillé turc", "Derwiche turc", "Sultane mère", "Sultane favorite turque", "Officier de marine turc", "Janissaire", "Tourneur derwiche turc", "Soldat albanais", "Femme turc", "Sultane favorite turque", "Patriarche grec", "Chef turc", "Femme turc", "Soldat de maine turc", "Chef des eunuques", and "Muet". - Extremely well preserved in an immaculate binding. Bookseller Inventory # 31837
Title: 18 costume watercolours.
Publisher: Ottoman Empire, late 18th century.
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