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CHASSIRON, Charles de.

Apercu Pittoresque de la Régence de Tunis.

Stock Code
103039
Paris, Bernard et Cie, 1849
£13,500

A fine presentation copy inscribed by the author.

Baron Charles Gustave Martin de Chassiron (1818-1871) was a French diplomat and author. The first posting of his career was to Tunisia where he painted this fine series of watercolours. Apercu Pittoresque de la Régence de Tunis received high praise from the art critic Théophile Gautier for capturing the country's monuments and people in all their glory. These splendid plates show different views of Tunis (street scenes, panoramas, mosques) as well Byserthe, Carthage, Hammamet, Herkla and Monastir. In addition, there are seven vivid costume plates.

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Description

First edition, large folio (62 x 44 cm); inscribed presentation copy, 'A la cousine la baronne de Larenitz, hommage de L'auteur,' illustrated with 42 lithographic plates with wide margins after Chassiron, 34 tinted views, 7 coloured costume plates and one tinted plate of arms and musical instruments, each with tissue guards, some foxing to margins, green moire endpapers; contemporary dark green leather binding, black inlay borders to covers with gilt floral tooling, brass monogram and coronet to upper board, spine with gilt title, slightly worn, a fine copy.

Bibliography

Gay 1313.

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