London, South Kensington
8 October 2014
THE PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTOR
LUIGI MAYER (1750-1803)
Views in the Ottoman Dominions, in Europe in Asia, and some of The Mediterranean Islands. From the Original Drawings taken for Sir Robert Ainslie, by Luigi Mayer, with Descriptions Historical and Illustrative. London: Printed by T. Bensley for R. Bowyer, 1810. Large 2° (453 x 325mm). Dedication leaf, 71 hand-coloured aquatint plates by William Watts and others after drawings by Mayer, including the folding view of Constantinople, with wide margins, watermarked 1809. Contemporary diced Russia, gilt-bordered, yellow endpapers, armorial bookplate (rebacked in keeping, inner cloth hinges, corners worn).
FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, WITH EXCEPTIONALLY FINE COLOURING. The views extend from Turkey to Thrace, Syria, Palestine, Sicily, Gozo and the Lipari Islands, Libya, Samos and Ephesus. All were visited by Mayer before or during 1792, or later, when he was in the employ of Ainslie in Constantinople. Abbey Travel 371; Blackmer 1100; Atabey 789; Koç 177.
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