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- Object: Voyage Pittoresque de Naples et de Sicile
Jean-Claude Richard, Abbé de Saint-Non, "Voyage Pittoresque ou Description des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicile" (Paris) Volume 4 of 4, Part I, 1785; containing 109 prints of various sizes, including titlepage vignette etched by Choffard after Fragonard, other vignettes throughout, double-page map of Sicily, views of Messina, Catania, Etna, Palermo, Segesta and other places in Sicily, architectural plans and details of ancient buildings, map of the Gulf of Catania, aerial and perspective views of Agrigento, and plate showing antique tombs from the Cathedral of Agrigento. Bound with letterpress.
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Height: 510 millimetres (sheet size of each page)
Width: 330 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The "Voyage Pittoresque" was one of the most celebrated illustrated books of the eighteenth century. For the genesis of the project, see Antony Griffiths, "The Contract between Laborde and Saint-Non for the Voyage Pittoresque de Naples et de Sicile", Print Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 4 (December 1988), pp. 408-414. The text for the four volumes in the series was published between 1781 and 1786; the plates were issued in livraisons from March 1778 onwards. All volumes (5 in total, Volume 4 being bound in two parts) are kept at 244.a.9 to 13 (see 1936,0519.1 to 5). Drawings by Louis Jean Desprez and Claude Louis Châtelet made in preparation for the project, and loose impressions of some prints from it, are kept at various locations in the collection.
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Associated Title: Voyage Pittoresque de Naples et de Sicile
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