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EUROPEAN TRAVEL GUIDE FOR YOUNG READERS


Passeggiata in Europa ovvero Storia Viaggi e Costumi. Alla Gioventii. Con Figure. Torino, Fratelli Reycend, [ca. 1850].

Very rare first and only edition of this travel guide to Europe, written, as the title suggests, for young readers in a pocket 12mo format. The guide moves from tours of Italy and Switzerland all the way to Poland, Lithuania, and Turkey, as well as Great Britain, providing 8 engraved plates of national costumes along the way.
$1,450


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PIETRO FEA’S PAINTINGS
AT TURIN’S PALAZZO CIVICO
WITH 4 ETCHINGS BY THE ARTIST


FEA, Pietro. Ragione ed intagli a contorno del dipinto eseguito ad ornamento dello scalone nel Palazzo della Città di Torino. Torino, Dalla Tipografia di Giuseppe Favale, 1824.

Rare first and only edition of a presentation work by the painter Pietro Fea da Casale (1771-1842) commemorating his designs for the ‘Scalone d’Onore’ in Turin’s Palazzo di Città (now know as the Palazzo Civico). The volume includes 4 fine full-page reproductive etchings executed by the artist himself and an essay in which he explains his aesthetic and iconographic program, providing a fascinating glimpse into the intellectual background of an important civic commission in early 19th-century Piedmont.
$1,450


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THE FRENCH VISIT ENGLAND
WATERCOLORS BY GAUDISSART DE CARI
WITH A LONG LETTER DESCRIBING THE JOURNEY


GAUDISSART DE CARI / [GODISSART]. Souvenirs de l’Angleterre. [England and France], Gaudissart, 1826.

Extraordinary volume of 20 charming watercolors recording the 1826 journey to England by members of the French Delahaye family. The work is by the renowned caricaturist Gaudissart de Cari (d. 1848), called the “French Hogarth” and “the greatest master of French caricature during the early 19th century” (Deberdt, p. 6).
$12,500


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A DIARY FROM THE 1599-1602 PERSIAN EMBASSY
BY A SECRETARY IN THE COMPANY
OF SIR ANTHONY SHERLEY
ONE OF THE FIRST PERSIAN TRAVEL ACCOUNTS ON EUROPE


JUAN DE PERSIA. Relaciones de Don Juan de Persia. Valladolid, Juan de Bostillo, 1604.

First edition of a rare and enigmatic text with its origins in a Persian-language travel diary of Uruch Beg Bayat (1560-1605), a nobleman and secretary in the delegation sent to Europe in 1599 by the Safavid ruler Shah ‘Abbas I at the urging of Sir Anthony Sherley (1565-1635), whose own Persian narrative (Relation of His Travels into Persia, London, 1613) mirror some of those presented here.
$28,500


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EXTRAORDINARY UNPUBLISHED
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT
THE WORLD TRAVELS
OF LOUIS DE CHANCEL DE LAGRANGE
INCLUDING THE FIRST OFFICIAL FRENCH VOYAGE
TO CHINA (1698)


LAGRANGE, Louis de Chancel de. Le premier volume des voyages curieux faits dans diverses provinces, de France, dEspagne, de Flandres et de Loraine lespace de cinquante ans par mess.re Louis de Chancel de Lagrange ... escrit de sa propre main. [France], s.n., [1743].

Unpublished autograph manuscript by the French nobleman and traveler Louis de Chancel de Lagrange (1678-1747) documenting his extraordinary world travels between 1692 and 1704. Lagrange provides an eyewitness account of the groundbreaking 1698-1700 trading expedition to Canton made by the frigate L’Amphitrite, considered the “the first voyage of the French to China” (Lach and Van Kley), as well as first-hand information concerning Louis XIV’s military campaigns during the Nine Years’ War (1688-1697), including accounts of the Siege of Namur (1692) and the Raid on Cartagena (1697). Over the nearly 400 closely written pages of his manuscript, Lagrange also provides insider knowledge on current politics, court intrigue, and the like, all the while carefully describing the architecture, natural setting, and inhabitants of the some 200 towns and cities he visited in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
$60,000


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