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PERROT, Georges (1832-1914), Edmond GUILLAUME and Ernest Pierre Julien DELBET. Exploration archéologique de la Galatie et de la Bithynie, d'une partie de la Mysie, de la Phrygie, de la Cappadoce et du Pont. Paris: Firmin Didot Frères, Fils et Cie, 1872.
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PERROT, Georges (1832-1914), Edmond GUILLAUME and Ernest Pierre Julien DELBET. Exploration archéologique de la Galatie et de la Bithynie, d'une partie de la Mysie, de la Phrygie, de la Cappadoce et du Pont. Paris: Firmin Didot Frères, Fils et Cie, 1872.

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PERROT, Georges (1832-1914), Edmond GUILLAUME and Ernest Pierre Julien DELBET. Exploration archéologique de la Galatie et de la Bithynie, d'une partie de la Mysie, de la Phrygie, de la Cappadoce et du Pont. Paris: Firmin Didot Frères, Fils et Cie, 1872.

2 volumes, 2° (434 x 305mm). Half-titles. 7 mounted engraved route maps on india paper by Erhard after Guillaume, one with route printed in red. 49 engraved and lithographic plates by Erhard, A.F. Lemaître, Guillaume, J. Laurens, Mangeant et al. after Guillaume, some on india paper and mounted, 6 double-page, 12 tinted or colour-printed, and 31 Poitevin-process photolithographic plates by Lemercier after Delbet. Woodcut illustrations and diagrams in the text. (Occasional light spotting and marking, principally affecting text.) EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with H. Kieppert. 'Karte von Klein-Asien'. Berlin: L. Kraatz for Dietrich Reimer, [c. 1854]. 523 x 870mm. Lithographic folding map, hand-coloured in outline, dissected and laid down on linen, bound in at the end of volume II. Contemporary French hard-grain red morocco over cloth, gilt spines (upper hinges split, light marking and rubbing, skilful small repairs at extremities).

FIRST EDITION of Perrot's important account of his expedition to Asia Minor, one of the earliest photographically illustrated works on the area. Perrot, Guillaume and Delbet undertook their six-month expedition to Asia Minor in 1861 to establish the definitive text of the Monumentum Ancyranum (the political testament of the Emperor Augustus), which was of interest to Napoleon III. Their achievement is described thus by Vinet: 'Ils ont visité la Bithynie, la Mysie, la Phrygie, la Cappadoce et le Pont; recueilli deux cents inscriptions, fait des découvertes, rectifié les erreurs de Texier, complété Hamilton et Barth, mesuré, dessiné, photographié assez de monuments pour pouvoir publier quatre-vingts planches, et rapporté un véritable joyau épigraphique, la copie la plus fidèle du testament politique d'Auguste, gravé en latin et en grec sur les murs du temple élevé par la ville d'Ancyreà à ce rusé demi-dieu'. The work is also notable as one of the first photographically illustrated works on Asia Minor, with 31 of the 80 plates being photolithographic plates produced by the Poitevin process after Delbet's images. The plate volume appears to have been issued with the title in two states: the first dated '1862' (cf. Atabey) and then later dated '1872' (as this copy). Atabey 938; The Truthful Lens 130; Vinet 1802. (2)
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