COSTE, Pascal Xavier (1787-1879). Monuments modernes de la Perse mesurés, dessinés et décrits., Paris: A. Morel, 1867. Large 2° (575 x 433mm) sheets, loose as issued. Half-title and title printed in red and black, numerous text illustrations, 70 only (of 71) plans and views on 55 leaves, 7 chromolithographed, one aquatint, the rest engraved or engraved and etched, some folding, by Guillamot, Sauvageot, Chappuis, Bury & Boudrot, Boisset and others after Coste (light spotting to versos of some plates, one plate with light spots to sky area, small neat tear to one plate not touching image, wear with small losses to edges of some leaves, occasional slight marginal browning). Contemporary cloth-backed boards, upper cover with original publisher's printed paper cover (extremities lightly worn, head and foot of spine bumped, boards scuffed, lacking ties).
Coste had spent a decade in Egypt engaged in engineering projects for Mehmet Ali before travelling to Persia with his collaborator Eugène Flandin, as part of the French diplomatic mission there in 1839-1841. Coste had previously published Voyage en Perse (1851) in collaboration with Flandin. Wilson, p. 49; see Blackmer 415; not in Atabey.