Fine architectural views of Egypt
Coste was made architect to Mehmet Ali in 1818 and was responsible for numerous projects including the Mahmoudieh Canal at Alexandria, the telegraph line from Alexandria to Cairo, irrigation canals, bridges and the reconstruction of the defences at Aboukir. He was later to travel to Persia with Flandin. The work was originally published in parts. The plates are remarkable for their detail and extraordinary beauty.
First edition; folio (58 x 42.5 cm); two title-pages, dated 1837 and 1839, engraved title, 100 plates (of which 30 are lithographic views); some spotting; contemporary red leather spine over marbled boards, spine in seven parts, corners bumped, loose joints.
Blackmer 415; RIBA 709; Brunet II, 322.
Stock ID: 99962