MAYER, Luigi.

Views in the Ottoman Dominions


Views in the Ottoman Dominions
in Europe in Asia, and some of the Mediterranean Islands.
T. Bensley for R. Bowyer, London 1810.

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Views in the Ottoman Dominions


Very good example of a large paper copy. Scarce.

Forty-six of these plates first appeared in Watts’ Views in Turkey in Europe and Asia, 1801. This work was being prepared at the same time as Mayer’s Egypt and was the first to contain engravings of Mayer’s drawings of Turkey. The new plates in the present work depict views of Sicily and the Lipari Islands, as well as ancient sites in Samos and Ephesus. The views extend from Turkey to Thrace, Syria, Palestine, Sicily, Gozo and the Lipari Islands, Libya, Samos and Ephesus.

A student of Piranesi, Mayer (1755-1803) made the illustrations when he was employed as the personal view painter for Sir Robert Ainslie, British ambassador at Constantinople from 1776-92. The scenes here are quite memorable, not only for the impressive views of ancient monuments, but for their glimpses in to the lives and culture of the people. He then took service with Ainslie in Constantinople. He was then employed by the King of Sicily to produce views of Sicily.


First collected edition. Large paper copy. Folio (56 x 38 cm); [4], 32, [140], [2] pp. 71 hand-coloured aquatint plates including double-page view of Constantinople with a fold, slight offsetting to a couple of plates, all plates with wide margins, decorated endpapers; contemporary black morocco backed boards, spine gilt decorated and lettered; overall a very good copy


Abbey Travel 371; Atabey 789; Blackmer 1100, Koc 177; Tooley 321.


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