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Portraits et figures du Levant. [The costumes of the Near East]

(No place, ca. 1720)
Mortimer 386; cf. Colas 2200; Cf. Hamilton, Europe and the Arab World 9
(No place, ca. 1720)

Folio (395 x 270 mm). Contemporary calf, inner dentelles, spine richly gilt. Spine and boards rubbed and worn, corners bumped. Album assembled in the early 18th century, containing about 120 cut-out and mounted text engravings and figures from engraved plates, including 65 contemporary coloured figures on 36 separate leaves from N. de Nicolay's "Navigations et peregrinations orientales" published in 1591 and considered "the first work to represent the costume of the Near East in detail" (Mortimer). "C'est la premiere serie de documents serieux sur les habillements du proche Orient" (Colas). Other images depict several Arabian merchants and chieftains (including Kings, 16th century women in local costume, soldiers and warriors on horseback, as well as 3 washed ink drawings of 18th century European nobles). An early and most charming album of oriental costumes. Some browning and spotting and a few marginal tears to the backing leaves on which the plates are mounted. Plate titles in manuscript. [Spelling may vary!] Coloured plates in order: 1. Cadilecher (?) 2. Laquais du Grand Turc. 3. Azamoglaus Mustiques ou Enfais de Tribus. 4. Capitain des Court Janissairus. 5. Janissair / Soldat a pied de la Garde du Seigneur. 6. Janissaire allant a la Guerre. 7. Salachi archer ordinaire du la Garde du Grande Seigneur. 8. Dellij. 9. Delly ou fol Gardi. 10. Cuisinieur Turc / Medecine juis. 11. L'Emir Bachi...ou chef de la Mahomet. 12. Religieuse Turque. 13. Dervis Religeuse Turc (+ another). 14. Religieuse Turc. 15. Marchaud Arabe... 16. (2 men bearing penants / flags). 17. Plavaudiers Tuctteurs. 18. Lucteurs du Grande Seigneur. 19. Turcs... 20. Grande Dame turque / Gentille Dame au Servil. 21. Escalve More. 22. Femme Vetue a la Surienne. 23. Femme turque allant par laVille / Femme turque Vetue a la Mousque. 24. Femme turque...les enfants. 25. Femme turque allant au Bain...de esclave. 26. Fille de l'isle de Paros / Femme d'etat Grecque... 27. Gentil - homme Grec. 28. Femme et Fille de l'isle de Chio. 29. Gentil - femme perotte franque / Fille d'etat Grecque de Perse. 30. Villageois turque - Villageois Turc. 31. Filles juives d'Andrinople. 32. Femme de Macidonie / Femme d'Andrinople. 33. Gentil - homme Persien / Femme Persien. 34. Marchand Grec / Marchand juis. 35. Marchand Armenien (+ another). 36. Femme de Canauranie (?) 37. Marchande Arabe. 38. Femme Moresque de Tripoli.