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Greece - CHOISEUL-GOUFFIER (Marie Gabriel Florent, Count of). Picturesque journey of Greece. Paris, Blaise, 1782-1822.
2 volumes in 3 vol. large folio, spotted calf, framing roulette, spine with ornamented nerves, green morocco title p., roulette of vine leaves inside, gilt edges. 2] 2 ff.n.ch., XII -204 pp.,  2 ff.n.ch., 346 pp.,  1 ff.n.ch., XII pp., pp. 347 to 518.
The illustration includes an engraved portrait-frontispiece by Dien d'après Boilly (bound in volume II, second part), 3 engraved titles, 2 folding maps, 285 engravings on 166 plates without text (including many maps, views and costumes, several on double page), a double-page table and many headings and culs-de-lampe.
All these plates are engraved on copper, with etching or chisel, most of them after drawings by the author and Hilaire, but also by a number of other draftsmen, including Moreau le Jeune for the costume plates. A very large number of engravers also took part in this work, including Choffard, Tardieu, Delignon, Coiny, Lingé, Poulleau, etc.
Original edition, first volume in the third edition, which can be recognized by the Preliminary Discourse, especially at the end of the latter (ending here with the words O utinam..., and not exoriare aliquis... as in the two previous editions).
Fascinated by Greek civilization, the Count of Choiseul-Gouffier left for Greece in 1776. During his stay, he undertook excavations in several sites of Ancient Greece, and collected the traditions and customs of the country. On his return to Paris in 1782, he published the first volume of his Voyage, abundantly illustrated, which was received with much praise.
Shortly afterwards he returned to Constantinople as ambassador, where he played a great role as conciliator. There he remained in exile during the Revolution and did not return to France until 1802, totally ruined. Dacier then encouraged him to resume his former work: the first part of volume II of the Picturesque Journe
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