9 December 2009
MAYER, Luigi (d. 1803). Views in Egypt, from the Original Drawings in the Possession of Sir Robert Ainslie, taken During his Embassy to Constantinople. London: Thomas Bensley for R. Bowyer, 1801.
2o (462 x 328 mm). 48 fine hand-colored aquatint plates by Milton after Mayer (some very minor spotting and darkening, some occasional light offsetting). Contemporary russia gilt (neatly rebacked).
FIRST EDITION, plates watermarked "E & P 1801." Born in Germany, Luigi Mayer studied with Piranesi in Rome and was later in the service of the King of Naples, for whom he made views of Sicily. In 1792 Mayer was hired in Constantinople as resident artist to a young Englishman touring the Levant. Mayer then joined the entourage of Sir Robert Ainslie (1729-1812), who had taken up the position of ambassador to the Ottoman Empire in 1776, a position he held until 1792. Abbey Travel 369; Blackmer 1097; Colas 2018; Gay 2145; see Lipperheide 1577.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
The Plantin Polyglot bible — offered in London on 11 July — makes an emotional homecoming to the Antwerp printing press where it was produced some 450 years ago
As Christie’s offers 178 works from his personal collection, the illustrator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory offers us a glimpse of his creative process
Mark Wiltshire, Associate Specialist in Science & Books, walks us through the history of Christianity’s most influential printed text
Seven expert tips on collecting, whether you seek affordable works on paper or a museum-quality masterpiece
The artistic director of The Grange Festival — a month-long staging of opera in the south of England — selects favourite works from Christie’s Classic Week in London