Auction 443 / Lot n° 5

DE LA MOTRAYE, Aubrey (1674 -1743) - Voyages du Sr. A. de La Motraye en Europe, Asie & Afrique. The Hague: Johnson & Van Duren, 1727. First French edition. Aubry de La Mottraye travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Africa during the years 1696 to 1729, beginning in Scandinavia where he became a close confidant of Charles XII. He then went on to Tartary and the Levant, after which he spent many years in England before returning to Paris where he died at the age of 69 in 1743. The work contains several notable costume plates, particularly relating to the Levant. 2 volumes, 2 (300 x 195mm). Engraved title in vol. I (lacking in vol. II), engraved vignettes on titles, headpieces and initials, 49 engraved plates of which several folding and 4 engraved maps (occasional light spotting). 20th-century half calf, gilt title, blindstamped decorations on spine, red edges (very light wear). Provenance: A.B.R.S. (stamp). (2)

Auction: 22 January 2018 at 15:00

Estimate 800 - 1,200€

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