GRASSET DE SAINT-SAUVEUR, Jacques (1757-1810). Encyclopédie des voyages, contenant l'abrégé historique des moeurs, usages, habitudes domestiques, religions, fêtes, supplices, funérailles, sciences, arts, et commerce de tous les peuples. Europe [Asie - Afrique - Amérique]. Paris: l’Auteur, Decroy, 1796.
5 parts in 4 volumes 4° (242 x 189 mm). Numerous text leaves and plates printed on blue paper, vol.I with 2pp. publisher’s advertisement (not called for by Colas). 4 hand-colored engraved frontispieces, 433 hand-colored engraved plates, borders heightened in gold, early tissue guards adhered to borders, a few before imprints. (Small rust-hole to title-page vol.V, lacking “Tables…” in all but Europe part II, a few plates with marginal tears with early repairs.) Contemporary vellum, covers with central blind arabesque, manuscript titles on spines. Provenance: Earl of Dalhousie (bookplate, sold Sotheby’s London, 2 November 1965, lot 344); Austin Smith (bookplate); K.K. Wood (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. Grasset de Saint-Sauveur was born in Montreal and educated in Paris by the Jesuits; he served as vice-consul in Hungary and Cairo. On the title of vol.I is stated that there should be 432 plates; Brunet, Colas, Lipperheide, and Sabin also call for this number. This copy has 437 plates, including frontispieces and the Turkish bath plate in the first Europe volume. Due to the fact that copies were assembled from separately issued parts, no definitive collation for this work exists. According to Forbes, “the various editions of Grasset de Saint-Sauveur’s illustrated works are a bibliographical nightmare” (137). This copy has some variances from Colas’ text leaf count and description. According to online auction records, this copy has a more complete compliment of plates than any other that has come to the market. A FINE COPY. Brunet II: 1711 (calling for 432 plates); Colas 1292 (calling for 428 plates and 4 frontispieces); Forbes I, 264 (America only, title-page dated 1794); Lipperheide Ac 11 (calling for 428 plates and 4 frontispieces); Sabin 75487 (America volume only, calling for 432 plates).