ALLIER, Achille (1807-1836). L'ancien Bourbonnais (histoire, monumens, moeurs, statistique). Moulins: Desrosiers fils, 1833-1838.
2 text volumes bound in 4, 2° (465 x 305mm), and 2° atlas (570 x 385mm). Half-titles printed in red, general titles and part titles printed in red and black, 1 engraved portrait, 1 double-page hand-coloured engraved map (only, of 2), plate of lithographic music, text-illustrations throughout (5 full-page), engraved title to atlas, atlas preserving 1 livraison wrapper printed in red, 133 engraved and lithographic plates (only, of 136). (Variable spotting throughout to both text and plates, 2 plates badly stained, small marginal hole to portrait, marginal repair to final text leaf of vol. 1.) 20th-century leather-backed cloth boards, the atlas disbound and contained in a matching 20th-century leather-backed cloth portfolio and slipcase.
FIRST EDITION OF 'ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKS IN FRENCH PUBLISHING' (Huot, L'Art en province, vol. 1, p. 221-223). Both Harvard and V&A call for 2 portrait frontispieces, 2 maps and 136 plates; Brunet I, 190 (135 plates and 2 maps). Not in ABPC-online or JAP. (5)