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LABORDE, Alexandre Louis Joseph (Comte de).

Description d'un pave mosaique decouvert dans l'ancienne Ville d'Italica...

Stock Code
96291
Paris, 1802
£5,000

The first scholarly work by the historian and archaeoloist Alexandre, comte de Laborde (1773-1842). Magnificently illustrated, this work uses the three-colour mezzotint process developed in the mid 1730's by the German painter and engraver Jacob Christoph Le Blon (1667-1741).

In 1797, following service as an officer in the Austrian army and an extended tour through Europe, Laborde returned to France. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Talleyrand and became a protégé of Lucien Bonaparte, whom he escorted on numerous diplomatic trips to Madrid. During these trips, Laborde developed a keen interest in Spain and its history and with the aid of several artists he collected a significant amount of material which later formed the basis of Voyage pittoresque et historique de l'Espagne (1807-1818), and Itineraire de l'Espagne (1809), a journey which he undertook together with his friend Chateaubriand. The volumes became such a drain on his private income that

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First edition, one of 160 copies, folio (71 x 54 cm), half-title, title, 52 ff; 23 mezzotint plates, including engraved title, of which 19 coloured, of which 1 double page; in addition 9 illustrations printed to text, of which 2 coloured, a little spotting and foxing, handsome modern red half morocco gilt, an attractive example.

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