‘ONE OF THE MOST FINELY CRAFTED PUBLICATIONS ON CENTRAL ASIA’

Du Caucase aux Indes à travers le Pamir.

Paris: Librairie Plon, 1889.

4to (285 x 197mm), pp. XII, 458, [2 (colophon with publisher’s device, verso blank)]; title printed in red and black, and with vignette after Albert Pépin, 41 plates on integral ll., illustrations, and head- and tailpieces, all after Pépin, and one folding colour-printed lithographic map; some light spotting, some burn- and waxmarks; contemporary French half red hard-grain morocco gilt over marbled boards, spine gilt in compartments, lettered directly in one, others decorated with floral and foliate tools, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, other uncut; extremities slightly rubbed and bumped, a few light marks, endpapers and flyleaves browned, otherwise a very good set; provenance: Gaston Passemard, 1889 (ownership inscription on front flyleaf).

£500

Approximately:
US $652€587

Add to basket Make an enquiry

Added to your basket:
Du Caucase aux Indes à travers le Pamir.

Checkout now

First edition. The French orientalist and explorer Bonvalot (1853-1933) made his first expedition into Central Asia in 1880, and undertook a second journey into the area with the artist Pépin and the physician and scientist Guillaume Capus in 1886-1887. In the course of a remarkable expedition, the three travellers crossed Persia, and then from Samarkand they explored the head of the Oxus in the Pamirs and descended to the Indus from the Wakhan Valley through Masutj in Chitral; this expedition earned Bonvalot a gold medal from the Société de géographie de Paris and the title Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur.

Described by Frank Bliss as ‘one of the most finely crafted publications on central Asia’ (Social and Economic Change in the Pamirs (London and New York: 2006), p. 88), Bonvalot’s account was first published in this French edition, and was followed by an English translation by Coulson Bell Pitman under the title Through the Heart of Asia over the Pamïr to India (London: 1889) and an Italian edition issued as Il tetto del Mondo. Viaggio al Pamir (Milan: 1899).

Perret 0584; Vicaire I, col. 860; Yakushi B477a.

You may also be interested in...

PLINY UPDATED, WITH CHARMING ENGRAVINGS PLINY, the Elder.

C. Plini secundi des wijdt-vermaerden natur-kondigers vijf boecken. Handelende van de nature. I. Vande menschen. II. Vande viervoetige en kruypende dieren. III. Vande vogelen. IV. Vande kleyne beestjes of ongedierten. V. Vande visschen, oesters, kreesten ...

One of several Dutch editions of selections from Pliny’s Natural History to appear in the half-century following the publication of the first Dutch translation in 1610. The present edition, like many of the others, is enlarged to include much information not available to Pliny (the additions are printed in italics). Comprising extracts from Books 7–11 of the Natural History (on human beings, quadrupeds, birds, small animals and fishes respectively), it is especially notable for the many charming engravings of exotic birds and animals, some of them newly-discovered, in particular the orangutan (‘Indianschen satyr’), the armadillo, the ant-eater, the dodo, and the tree dragon.
 
COPAC records the British Library copy only. Worldcat records no copies in the US.

Read more

LAOCOON ENGRAVED REZZONICO, Carlo Castone della Torre di.

Discorsi accademici del conte … segretario perpetuo della R. Accademia delle Belle Arti. 

First and only edition of an exquisite little product of the Bodoni house: Count Rezzonico’s reflections on the fine arts, including a dissertation on the techniques of woodcut and engraving.  The Neo-Classical aesthetics that inform this work are reflected in the illustrations, masterfully executed by the painter, engraver and stucco artist Benigno Bossi.  Perhaps the most remarkable is the depiction of the marble Laocoon, which had been made by Lessing the symbol of the aesthetic autonomy of poetry and painting.

Read more