Vues prises a Avignon, Villeneuve, Orange, Arles, et autres Lieux Circonvoisins; accompagnées d’un texte descriptif, de souvenits historiques et de divers itinéraires …

[Printed: Avignon, Bonnet.] Paris, L. R. Delay, 1841.

4to., pp. 87, [1], with a half-title, an additional lithographic title (‘Avignon et lieux circonvoisins. 1843’), a map, and ten lithographic plates; a little spotting to text leaves, but a very good copy in the original pale green boards, large printed cover labels; along with an oblong album of 32 original pen drawings, on thin coloured paper, mounted, rectos only; original buckram.


US $4950€4009

Make an enquiry

First edition, rare, a presentation copy, inscribed ‘donné à Aug. Picart par Mr L. Frossard. Avignon 21 février 1843’, and with an album of original drawings similarly inscribed (in a different hand).

The attractive lithographic plates comprise lively architectural sketches of the famous Pont St. Benezet in Avignon, the ramparts, the papal palace, the Roman amphitheatre, and scenes of local life. Of the 32 pen-and-ink drawings in the accompanying album, three are represented among the finished plates – the remainder include scenes of Villeneuve, Nîmes, Aiguemortes, fishing boats and local women going about their work

Louis Frossard (1798-1873) was a Protestant clergyman from a Vaudois (Waldensian) family. His brother Émilien, another clergyman, was also a talented amateur artist, and published a volume of lithographs, 25 vues prises dans les Pyrenées françaises (1829). Shortly after the present work, in 1847, Frossard emigrated to the Caribbean, where he was a pastor on Saint-Martin and then Guadeloupe.

OCLC shows copies at V&A (2), Dresden, and Bibliothèque nationale; to which we can add Avignon and Marseille.

{F1902 DR}

You may also be interested in...


Antithesis Christi et Antichristi, videlicet Papae.

Rare edition of this satirical attack on the Catholic Church and the Pope by the Protestant minister Simon Du Rosier (or Rosarius), first published in Wittemberg in 1521. An excellent example of the ‘antithesis genre’, of which Luther’s Passional Christi und Antichristi is the most famous expression, Du Rosier’s work is illustrated by a series of woodcuts, attributed to Bernard Salomon after Lucas Cranach, which cleverly juxtapose the life of Christ with the luxury and dissolution of the Pope in order to back the Lutheran tenet that the Pope is the Antichrist.

Read more


Lectura super prima parte Infortiati cum apostilis.

One of the few extant copies of an incunable edition of Alexander de Tartagnis’ lectures on this section of the Corpus Iustiniani; it was the third appearance in print of this text, and the first full-length edition, following a first appearance in 1485 and a second in 1489-90. Part I and II, gathered in this volume, provide a commentary on the first part of the Infortiatum (a section of the Pandectae); they were supplemented by parts III and IV, published between 1491 and 1499.

Read more