ATTRIBUTED TO AUGUSTIN COMTE DE L'ESPINASSE (1736-1816)
Bird's-eye view of Mecca. [?Paris]: 1791. Copper engraved view (418 x 869mm.) by de l'Espinasse, finished by Charles-Nicolas and Joseph Varin, the figures by N.Valerian.(Cut-down into plate area, neat repairs to old central fold with slight loss to foot of image, generally somewhat soiled.) Tipped onto card along upper edge.
A proof impression of the same plate, before the addition of shading. [?Paris: 1791]. Line engraved view (432 x 870mm) by de l'Espinasse, the figures by N.Valerian. (Neat repairs to old central fold, plate marks and two small tears.) Tipped onto card along upper edge. Both contained within modern cloth portfolio, red morocco title-label on upper cover.
RARE in either state. The view shows the city with a closely-packed steam of pilgrims following a serpentine approach to the Ka'ba. There are various pencilled notes on the proof impression, one of which reads 'Supposé du Chevalier de L'Espinasse qui a dessiné la meme Vue dans le 2me Vol de l'empire Ottoman' (?i.e. Mouradja d'Ohsson's Tableau général de l'Empire Ottoman. 1787-1790-1820, 3 vols., 2°. Cohen-de Ricci 763). (2)