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LUCAS, PAUL: - Voyage du sieur Paul Lucas, fait en M.DCCXIV, &c. Par ordre de Louis XIV, dans la Turquie, l'Asie, la Sourie, la Palestine, la Haute et la Basse Egypte, ... Three volumes. Rouen, Robert Machuel le jeune, 1719.

. Pp. (xxiv), 384, (8), (ii), 384, (6); (ii), 345, (9). With two folding engraved maps and 32 engraved plates, of which many folding. Contemporary full calf, spines richly gilt and with title lables, rubbed, spine ends chipped. Bookplate (Comte de Perrone) pasted to front paste down. A few small burn holes in the first and third volumes but overall clean and crisp. Second edition (first Paris 1719). Paul Lucas was a French merchant, naturalist and antiquary who made three journeys to the Levant. He brought back a vast collection of antiquities such as medals and manuscripts to king Louis XV's cabinet. This is the account of the third voyage made between 1714 and 1717. He visited Constantinople, Syria, the Holy Land and Egypt. The beautiful plates depict the Galata tower, the city of Tyre, the ancient theatre of Sagalassar, Damascus, the Mikias at Cairo, the Great Pyramids, flora and fauna, antiquities, etc. "Many commentators have criticised Lucas for the often fabulous nature of his accounts, but his writings convey a vivd sense of the nature of the East, laced with considerable classical erudition" (Blackmer) Atabey 733. Cf Blackmer 1038. Ibrahim-Hilmy I,394. Gay 2122. Rhrich 1245. Tobler 122.
EUR 1800.00 [Appr.: US$ 2179.61 | £UK 1545 | JP 239006] Booknumber: 121059

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