Famous account of the Middle East

FORBIN, Auguste, comte de

Voyage dans le Levant en 1817 et 1818

Publication: De l'Imprimerie Royale, Paris, 1819.

FORBIN, Auguste, comte de, Voyage dans le Levant en 1817 et 1818

Forbin’s text volumes describing his celebrated travel to the Middle East; in very good condition.

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Text volume to accompany Forbin’s illustrated atlas folio work on the Levant. Fine copy of the second edition complete with the folding engraved plate “Plan du Saint Sepulcre a Jerusalem”.

Forbin (1770 – 1841) succeeded Denon as director of museums in 1816 and was authorised to purchase antiquities for the Louvre. In August 1817 he began a year-long journey to the Levant accompanied by the artist Pierre Prévost and the engineer de Bellefonds. They travelled to Athens, Constantinople, Asia Minor, Syria and Palestine. From Jaffa they went overland to Alexandria and visited Egypt. Forbin’s findings and experiences are described in this book, which was published in two editions in 1819.

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Octavo (20,3 x 13,5 cm), [12], 460 pp., with large copper engraved folding plan of Saint Sepulcre.


Contemporary brown marbled sheep, with gilt tooling to flat spine and boards, black morocco label with gilt lettering to spine.


Binding a bit rubbed and worn; map with small closed tear, the odd spot.

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