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Item ID Number: 5033;

Book Number 5033 
Author Mayer, Luigi:  
Title VIEWS IN EGYPT, from the Original Drawings in the possession of Sir Robert Ainslie, taken during his embassy to Constantinople by Luigi Mayer: Engraved by and under the direction of Thomas Milton: with historical observations, and incidental illustrations of the Manners and Customs of the Natives of that Country.  
Date c. 1805, watermarks 1801- 1811.  
Publisher Thomas Bensley, Bolt-court, Fleet-street, For R. Bowyer, Historic Gallery, Pall-mall 
Place of Publication  
Volume Information  
Cover Contemporary brown morocco, expertly rebacked; boards with two bands of double fillet gilt rules and gilt dentelles, inner corners with gilt tooled leaf design; spine with six (6) raised dentelle gilt bands, six compartments with gilt ornaments, green morocco labelled, gilt lettered title on two; inner gilt double fillet ruling; all edges marbled, colour matched marbled pasted and free endpapers. 
Illustration Illustrated with forty-eight (48) hand-coloured aquatint plates by Milton after original drawings of Luigi Mayer.  
Size Folio (470x330mm).  
Condition Extremities worn. Minor rubbing, light scrapes to boards; otherwise a very good, attractive example of Thomas Milton's engravings of Mayer's original drawings. Bound in decorative gilt morocco.  
Pagination title, blank, dedication, blind, 1-102, Catalogue of plates (2) with 48 hand-colored aquatints by Thomas Milton after Luigi Mayer’s original works.  
Reference Abbey Travel 369; Colas 2018, 2020, 2012. 
Translation Info  
Notes The first edition was published in 1801, as part of Mayer's greater collection. A student of Piranesi, Mayer (1755-1803) made the illustrations when he was retained by Sir Robert Ainslie, British ambassador at Constantinople from 1776-92, as painter. Houfe says that Mayer "was the most accurate delineator of the Near East before David Roberts." The scenes in this book include impressive views of ancient monuments and life and costumes of the people.  
Price (US$) -  
Short Description Book Costumes; Book Voyages General; Book Plate Books Colour; Book Africa Egypt;  

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