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Views in Palestine, Volume 2 [WITH 8 HAND-COLORED AQUATINT PLATES]

Mayer, Luigi (Illustrations by)

Published by Published by the author, London, 1812
Condition: f to vg Hardcover
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Oblong folio (12 6/8 x 18"). Unpaginated. [8] leaves (Plates). Contemporary 3/4 gilt-ruled morocco over marbled paper covered boards. Rebacked, but retaining most of the original spine. This work contains a series of 8 striking hand-colored aquatint plates depicting the following Holy sites in Palestine: - Chapel of Mount Calvary - Grotto of the Nativity - City of Jerusalem - Fountain of Siloam - Church of the Holy Sepulchre - Tomb of Jeremiah - The Sepulchre of Rachel - Tomb of Absalom Two plates (Fountain of Siloam and The Sepulchre of Rachel) are from the original drawings of Luigi Mayer's* "Views in Egypt, Palestine and Other Parts of the Ottoman Empire," published between 1801 and 1804. The remaining plates are from Mayer's original drawings published in 1810 in "Views in the Ottoman Dominions in Europe, in Asia, and Some of the Mediterranean Islands." The first plate (Chapel of Mount Calvary) is watermarked 'J. Whatman 1811,' and the third plate (City of Jerusalem) is watermarked 'J. Whatman 1809.' Each plate measures 12 1/2 x 17 6/8" (image appr.: 8 6/8 x 12 1/4").This volume has no title and no text pages. Lower margins cropped, thus losing most imprints. However, the following imprint is still visible on plate 1 (partly), 2, 5 (partly), and 7: 'Published by R. Bowyer. Historic Gallery, Pall Mall. 1812.'Moderate rubbing on covers and along edges. Some foxing and offsetting to endpapers. Minor and sporadic foxing, age-toning and soiling along paper margin. Binding in overall fair to good-, interior in good to very good, images in near fine to fine condition. * Luigi Mayer (1755-1803) was a painter of German and Italian descent. He was born in Rome, was a pupil of well-known engraver J.B. Piranesi and worked for Ferdinand, King of Naples, creating paintings of the antiquities of Sicily. Later on, probably from 1776, he was in Istanbul and formed part of the circle of Sir. R. Ainslie, ambassador of Britain to the Sublime Gate (1776-1792). From then onwards, the ambassador financed Mayer's journeys so that the artist would draw and depict sights in the Ottoman empire and in particular the antiquities. By the information provided in an anonymous account in manuscript, by a person who travelled with the artist for some time, and the subjects of Mayer's paintings, it is possible to recompose his itinerary, at least for 1792. Mayer travelled and made drawings of landscapes in Cyprus, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Caramania, Rhodes, Caria, Lycia and Samos. Some of his works from Ephesus and Corinth are known, but it is unclear when he visited those locations. Finaly, while accompanying Ainslie on his return trip to England, Mayer was able to paint landscapes in European Turkey, Bulgaria and Rumania. Mayer dwing ancient monuments, but also added picturesque details from everyday life, local costume and expressions of social life. It is unknown where the original drawings by the artist are today. A number of his works formed part of the Ainslie Collection and were later given to the British Museum. Mayer's works became very popular, were lithographed and circulated widely in consecutive editions from 1801 onwards. These editions, which were completed gradually, included paintings by Mayer representing various subjects and done in various engraving techniques, coupled with commentaries in three languages (English, French and German). The descriptions which accompany the illustration are from travel accounts of the same period. Bookseller Inventory # 18837

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Title: Views in Palestine, Volume 2 [WITH 8 ...

Publisher: Published by the author, London

Publication Date: 1812

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: f to vg

Edition: Later edition.

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