SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

If you would like to get in touch, please feel free to contact:

PARIS, Francois-Edmond.
Souvenirs de Jerusalem / Album dessiné par M. le Contre-Amiral Pâris / Lithographié par MM. Hubert Clerget, Bachelier, Jules Gaildrau et Fichot. / Ouvrage publié par l’Escadre de la Méditerranée

Paris, Librairie Maritime et Scientifique (Arthus Bertrand) c.1862
Blackmer 1255; Röhricht 508
XL=elephant folio
Paris, Librairie Maritime et Scientifique (Arthus Bertrand) c.1862

Contemporary gilt-lined ¼ morocco with green cloth boards and gilt text to upper board, spine in seven gilt-tooled compartments of raised gilt bands, gilt title on two, grey endpapers. Complete with 14 large lithographic plates, 12 of which are hand-coloured, title page illustrated with a mounted plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Elephant folio. Expert restoration to the covers, lower margins of the first three leaves professionally reinforced, occasional scattered browning; otherwise a very good copy of this superbly illustrated work, plates are generally clean and crisp in vibrant colours. Pagination P. (4), title, blank, description of the plates (4), 14 plates, (2). This is the first and only edition of this beautifully illustrated work. It is an account of the 1861 visit to Jerusalem undertaken by the third French Squadron of the Mediterranean. This book is famous for the quality of its 12 hand-coloured plates, including the Mosque of Omar and the El-Aqsa Mosque. François-Edmond Pâris joined the French Navy in 1820 and took part in three great expeditions: the first under d’Urville abord the Astrolabe (1826-9), and two under Laplace on the Favorite (1829-32) and the Artémise (1837-40). In 1858 he was named rear-admiral and was given the command of the third French Squadron of the Mediterranean. Before publishing “Souvenirs de Jerusalem,” Pâris had already published two important folios on naval and marine architecture. The “Notes Historiques” provide a rich and fascinating complement to the plates, providing not only historical references but also the author’s impressions as a visitor. Coloured plates in order: 1. Halte des Pelerins a la Fontaine still Abou Nabout. 2. Pierre de L'Onction et Dome de la Chapelle Grecque. 3. Chapelle du Saint Sepulche. 4. Chapelle St. Helene ou de L'Invention de la Croix. 5. Galerie Conduisant a la Prison du Christ. 6. Tombeau de la Vierge. 7. Grotte de L'Agonie. 8. Grotte au Lait. 9. Grotte de la Nativite. 10. Mosquee D'Omar. 11. Galerie de la Mosquee D'Omar. 12. Mosquee El Aksa.