Voyage Pittoresque; ou Descriptions des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicile. -Non Saint, Jean Claude Richard, Dominique Vivant de Vivant-Denon.
Voyage Pittoresque; ou Descriptions des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicile
Voyage Pittoresque; ou Descriptions des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicile
Voyage Pittoresque; ou Descriptions des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicile

Voyage Pittoresque; ou Descriptions des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicile

Paris: 1781-1786. First Edition. FIRST EDITION, 4 volumes bound in 5, folio (510 x 328mm), half-titles, engraved title vignettes,
dedication to Marie-Antoinette, 275 engraved plates (of 276), many with two views, 15 maps,
and plans, 9 double-page, numerous engraved head-and-tail-pieces (some hand- coloured),
CONTEMPORARY MOTTLED CALF GILT BY J. DAHMEN, AMSTERDAM, red spines, gilt in
compartments, black labels, gilt edges, lacking one plate in volume 2 (the rarely found phallic
plate), 3F2 in vol. 1 browned (with engraved vignette of Vesuvius on verso), occasional spotting
or browning, bindings slightly rubbed, lower cover of volume 1, part 2 scuffed
Saint-Non originally travelled to Italy in 1759 with Fragonard and Robert. He produced a series
of collections of engravings as a result and, encouraged by the success of these, in 1777 he
planned the far more ambitious account of his travels in Southern Italy. Although he already had
much material, it needed to be supplemented with more contemporary accounts and illustrations
of the eruption of Vesuvius etc. An expedition was sent through Naples and Sicily under Denon
whilst Saint-Non remained in France to supervise the production of the prints and to organize
the material for publication.
The work was arranged in narrative style freely borrowing from D’Hancarville, Hamilton and
others for additional material. Some of the most important illustrators of the time were used
including Cochin and Saint-Aubin. Throughout the work Saint-Non strove to maintain the
interest of his subscribers by making the work entertaining, often including popular spectacles at
the expense of more worthy historical material. “The completed work is one of the most beautiful
that a private person has ever produced, and it is unparalleled among the sumptuous
publications. The ambitious undertaking became the model for later “voyages pittoresques”.”
(Millard). Item #266

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