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Voyage Pittoresque de la Grèce.

Voyage Pittoresque de la Grèce.

CHOISEUL-GOUFFIER, Marie Gabriel Angust Florent, Comte de. FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. in 2. Folio. (50 x 32 cms). Half title present in all 3 volumes. Bound in contemporary full mottled calf,spines tooled in gilt, raised bands, morocco lettering pieces. The boards of the two volumes not entirely uniform being explained by the considerable gap between publication dates. A little rubbing at joints of Vol. 1; some minor restoration at spines; a fine, clean set. Two double-page engraved maps of Greece in Volume I, fRontispiece portrait portrait of Choiseul-Gouffier in the third volume. Volume I contains 126 numbered engraved plates on 100 leaves; the two parts of Volume II include a total of 159 numbered engraved plates on 68 leaves including the two extra plates (numbered bis 8 and bis 76); numerous engraved vignette head- and tail-pieces. Volume one in the first issue state (of three) being identified as ending on the fourth line of p.xvi of the Discours préliminaire with the words "exoriare aliquis." "Le premier volume de cet ouvrage, à l’époque où il parut pour la première fois, était incontestablement, sous le rapport de la gravure, la plus belle production en ce genre qu’on eût encore vue; aussi eut-il beaucoup de succès. l’ouvrage entier.est d’un grand intérêt." (Brunet) An excellent copy of Choiseul-Gouffier’s massiVe and spectacularly illustrated record of his voyage to Greece on board the frigate Atalante, begun in 1776, commanded by Joseph Bernard de Chabert, Marquis of Chabert, who was interested in astronomy. Choiseul-Gouffier travelled to Greece as part of the Marquis de Chabert’s expedition. He was appointed French ambassador at Constantinople in 1784. The completion of the work was interrupted by the events of the Greek revolution, with the final volume completed, after the author’s death, under the direction of Barbié de Bocage. (Brunet I, cols. 1847-8; Cohen-De Ricci 238; Blackmer 342).

Half title] De ludis orientalibus libri duo, quorum prior est duabus partibus, viz. 1, Historia Shahiludii Latinè; deinde 2, Historia Shahiludii Heb. Lat. per tres Judæos. Liber posterior continet Historiam Reliquorum Ludorum Orientis, [Bound out of order, but complete] [1.] Historia Nerdiludi, hoc est dicere Trunculorum cum quibuidam aliis Arabum, Persarum, Indorum, Chinensium & aliarum.item explication amplissimi Chinensium Ludi. [with, 2] Shahiludium traditum in tribus scriptis Hebraicis .[and .3] Mandragorias, seu Historia Shahiludii.apud Arabes, Persas, Indos, & Chinensis .

HYDE, Thomas. 3 parts in 1 8vo. (16.5 x 10 cm.) pp.[xvi]+278+[2, blank]; [iv]+71+[1, blank]; [72]+184, with final blank, bound in contemporary vellum, A few repairs to Chinese plate, with minor loss to are near lower left corner, some staining and spotting, lightly browned 3 folding engraved plates (one of Chinese text, 2 of chessboards), engraved and woodcut illustrations (including chess pieces) Complete with half title "De Ludis Orientalibus Libri Duo." with imprint on verso. A scarce, early and important book, in latin and hebrew by the renowned orientalist Thomas Hyde, comprehending chess, mah jong etc. Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914) was a British Army officer who served as a diplomat in various Arabic-speaking countries, notably Oman, which he came to know better than any other European of the time. The notes that he made were published after his death as The Countries and Tribes of the Persian Gulf. Thomas Hyde (1636 – 1703) was an English orientalist. In this work, inter alia, he describes various Chinese games including Coan ki and also the first full Latin description of weiqi [Go]. [LN173; Wing H3877, H3875; Cordier, Sinica 3142],