London: printed for the author, 1723 - 1732. Hardcover. This scarce and important work was printed for the author. Aubry de la Mottraye (1674?-1743) came from a French Huguenot family that had settled in England. He received an excellent education, and started traveling in 1696. In the course of twenty-six years, he toured Northern Europe, Crimea, the Near East, Russia, Prussia and Poland. La Mottraye combined diplomatic travels – as counselor and attendant to various rulers – with commercial transactions and his activity as a collector. His chronicle is adorned with impressive engravings of rare subjects, views of cities as well as everyday life scenes. His detailed descriptions make his account one of the first travelogues in which the force of the written discourse equals the impact of the illustrations. The first two volumes were printed in 1723 with the third issued in 1732. Bound in later three quarter red leather over red cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Includes a total of 58 plates including maps, many of which fold out. Large chip to leather on foot of spines of both volumes I and III, which have been repaired with a modern strip of leather. Chipping and wear to leather along hinges, spine ends, and corners of all volumes. The leather on all hinges is cracked; however, the boards remain firmly attached with all cords intact. Bookplate of Daniel Baugh to front pastedowns of all three volumes. Non-archival tape repair to first page of text in volume three and the same page is mostly separated from binding. Occasional spots of soiling, small dampstains to top margins of a couple of pages, occasional foxing, and uniform browning to some pages. Occasional slight splits to interior bindings and occasional short closed tears to edges of pages. Some plates appear to have been trimmed, which in one case has affected a small portion of the image. Some folding plates and maps have additional creases and/or closed tears and a few have minor archival repairs to the verso. Small wormholes to bottom margins of some pages in third volume. Frontis in third volume is mounted. Includes woodcut head and tail pieces as well as several initials. Overall, an attractive and interesting work with numerous illustrations of antiquities and maps.Volume I: 440 pages plus 26 plates of which 14 fold (appears to lack plate XI) and 2 folding maps. Also includes 7 page list of subscribers. Volume II: 432 pages plus 72 pages of appendices and contents as well as 18 plates of which 8 fold plus 2 folding maps. Volume III: 296 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements and 10 plates, of which 1 folds. Very Good.
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New York: The Harry T Thomas Company, 1896. One of 540 copies of the scarce Autograph Edition signed by the author/artist. Francis Hopkinson Smith (1838-1915) was an American author, artist and engineer born in Baltimore, Maryland, a descendant of Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He became a contractor in New York City and did much work for the Federal government, including the stone ice-breaker at Bridgeport, Connecticut, the jetties at the mouth of the Connecticut river, the foundation for the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty in New York harbor, and the Race Rock Lighthouse off New London, Connecticut. His vacations were spent sketching in the White Mountains, in Cuba, in Mexico, and afterwards in Venice, Constantinople and Holland. He published various volumes of travel illustrated by himself, including this work on Venice [Wikipedia]. This beautiful large folio is extensively illustrated both in color and black & white. There are 20 full page color plates and 21 in b&w, all protected by tissue guards. In addition there are numerous color and b&w text illustrations throughout the book. In his preface Smith wrote that his aim was to describe and depict the beauties of Venice that one sees in the sunlight of a summer's day. Bound in contemporary brown three quarter leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is scraped and scuffed, with tear along top of spine. Paper boards are also scraped and worn. The interior pages are quite clean and bright. There is a margin stain on the free front endpaper but the rest of the book is very good plus. A very desirable copy of this homage to the magical city of Venice. 140 pages plus plates. This is very heavy book that will require extra postage. ART/012319.