LACHAISE (fl. 1817)
LACHAISE (fl. 1817)
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LACHAISE (fl. 1817)

Costumes de l’Empire Turc. Paris: lithographed by Cheyère and printed by Cellot for Pélicier, Janet et Cotelle, 1821.

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LACHAISE (fl. 1817)
Costumes de l’Empire Turc. Paris: lithographed by Cheyère and printed by Cellot for Pélicier, Janet et Cotelle, 1821.
First edition of a rare work from Talleyrand’s château library at Valençay. Almost everything we know about the author comes from the introduction to this work, where he describes his travels accompanying Count Forbin’s party to the Levant in 1817, including travels to Chios, Smyrna and Asia Minor. He published these images to acquaint the public with the customs and costumes of those regions. Among the subjects are Sultan Mahmud II, courtiers, eunuchs, soldiers, merchants, peddlars of halva, water and salep, et al.; the two folding panoramas depict Constantinople and Smyrna. Atabey 647; Blackmer 934; Bobins III, 1092; Colas 1694; Lipperheide Lb 50.

Quarto (263 x 198mm). Author’s authenticity signature on title verso, 61 lithographs by F. Lecomte and C. Fauconnier, of which 2 are folding panoramas, all but 4 plates with contemporary colouring (some spotting, neat marginal tear in one leaf). 19th-century calf-backed boards, flat spine tooled in gilt with black leather label, sprinkled edges. Provenance: Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand (1754-1838) and family (Bibliothèque de Valençay stamp on flyleaf verso).
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