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LE HAY, Jacques; FERIOL, Charles de.

Recueil de cent estampes representant differentes nations du Levant, tirées sur les tableaux peints d'après nature en 1707 et 1708.

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Paris, Le Hay, 1714

An exceptional example. Most copies were issued uncoloured. A few were sold with hand-colouring and a smaller number were issued heightened with gold and mica. Very few copies, however, have as many engravings heightened with mica as the present one.

This important work forms the 'basic prototype for Levantine costume plates' (Atabey). The most luxurious edition, with hand-coloured plates, many enhanced with gold and mica, arguably the finest colour plate costume book of the Ottoman Empire.

In addition to the sixty or so plates depicting Turkish Court, noble, military and other costumes, the work illustrates the regional, religious or national costume of several other parts of the Turkish Empire. These include Greeks (10); Albanians (2); Jews (3); Hungarians (2); Wallachians (3); Bulgarians (2); Crimean Tartars (1); Armenians (5); Persians (2); Indians (2); Arabs (1); Barbary Coast (4); and Moors (1).

The plates for this work were commissioned by Charles de Ferriol (1652-1722),

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Folio (49 x 33 cm approx.), engraved throughout, comprising: title with preface by Cars on verso, 'Anecdotes' (pp.I-II), 'Explication des figures' (pp.III-XIV), leaf of music (printed recto only), and 102 engraved plates (3 double-page), all with fine contemporary hand-colouring, 30 plates heightened with gold and mica . Bound in full contemporary French red morroco, gilt tooled. Some restoration to spine extremities. A fine example.


Atabey 430 (not coloured); Brunet 947-48; Blackmer 591; Colas 1819-20.

Stock ID:99480

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