CHOISEUL-GOUFFIER, Marie Gabriel August Florent, Comte de (1752-1817). Voyage pittoresque de la Grece. Paris: J.J. Blaise (II, part 2) 1782-1809-1823.
2 volumes in 5, large 2° (534 x 355mm). Collation varies from Blackmer in that quires E, N and O in volume one have 2 leaves and quire R is absent (but without loss of text). Letterpress half-title in volumes I, II,1 and II,3, engraved titles by Beaublé or Dien in vols. I, II,1 and II,3, 3 engraved title vignettes, full-page engraved author portrait by M.F. Dien after Bailly, 10 engraved double-page plates and 281 maps and scenes on 160 sheets most after the author, Hilaire and Moreau, 22 elegant head- and tailpieces by Choffard, Huet, St. Aubin, Hilaire and Monnet, double-page letterpress genealogical table. (Spotting on 3 plates and 2 leaves, marginal stain on about 6 leaves, some very light browning, short marginal tears repaired in 2 leaves.) Contemporary pastepaper boards (spines crudely strengthened), original letterpress advertisement on front covers of 3 volumes.
FIRST EDITION, volume one first edition, second issue. A LARGE, UNCUT COPY. Choiseul-Gouffier and the artist J.B. Hilaire accompanied the Marquis de Chabert on his expedition to produce a new map of the Mediterranean in 1776, breaking away for extensive travels around mainland Greece. By 1782 the first volume of Voyages appeared, extensively illustrated with engravings after Hilaire's drawings, and its impact and influence resulted in the appointment of Choiseul-Gouffier as ambassador at Constantinople. This facilitated his researches, and volume II of the work was issued in 3 installments from 1809 to 1823, the last two parts of volume II under the direction of Barbié du Bocage after the author's death. The original subscription advertisment preserved on the covers of three of the present volumes states that the fourth installment was intended to be bound at the beginning of volume II, part 2, thereby forming a third volume; the price for the full work was 480 francs. Blackmer 342; Brunet I, 1848; Cohen-de Ricci 238. (5)