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6 April 2011
LE HAY, Jacques. Recueil de Cent Estampes representant differentes Nations du Levant, gravées sur les Tableaux peints d'après Nature en 1707 & 1708. Paris: Sr. Le Hay and Sr. Duchange, 1714 [Bound with:] Explication des cents Estampes. Paris: Jacques Colombat, 1715. 2 parts in one volume, 2° (500 x 330mm). 99 (of 102) hand coloured plates, including 3 folding plates, engraved music plate at end. (Title repaired on verso and creased, light marginal soiling and browning, marginal tears repaired to verso of approximately 15 leaves, lacking plates nos. 46, 60 and 89, small marginal ink spotting on plates 33 and 72, plate 40 with closed tear, folding plates mounted on linen, rubbing to fold on plate 100, last 3 pages almost detached.) Contemporary calf (worn, covers detached). Provenance: Wiston Old Rectory (book label).
FIRST EDITION of the 'most popular and influential illustration of Turkish dress to date' (Blackmer). The work was commissioned by Charles de Ferriol (1652-1722) French ambassador in the Ottoman Empire between 1699 and 1709 and illustrates the regional, religious and national costume of the Turkish Empire. Cohen de Ricci 619; Colas 1819-1820; Lipperheide Lb26-27; Blackmer 591; Graesse IV, 150.
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