• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 141

    MAYER, Luigi (d. 1803). Views in Egypt, from the Original Drawings in the Possession of Sir Robert Ainslie, taken During his Embassy to Constantinople. London: Thomas Bensley for R. Bowyer, 1801.

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    MAYER, Luigi (d. 1803). Views in Egypt, from the Original Drawings in the Possession of Sir Robert Ainslie, taken During his Embassy to Constantinople. London: Thomas Bensley for R. Bowyer, 1801.

    2o (462 x 328 mm). 48 fine hand-colored aquatint plates by Milton after Mayer (some very minor spotting and darkening, some occasional light offsetting). Contemporary russia gilt (neatly rebacked).

    FIRST EDITION, plates watermarked "E & P 1801." Born in Germany, Luigi Mayer studied with Piranesi in Rome and was later in the service of the King of Naples, for whom he made views of Sicily. In 1792 Mayer was hired in Constantinople as resident artist to a young Englishman touring the Levant. Mayer then joined the entourage of Sir Robert Ainslie (1729-1812), who had taken up the position of ambassador to the Ottoman Empire in 1776, a position he held until 1792. Abbey Travel 369; Blackmer 1097; Colas 2018; Gay 2145; see Lipperheide 1577.


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