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Bruxelles: Librairie historique-artistique, 1843. First edition. 4 large in-8 volumes, (27cm x 17cm) Midnight blue half-sheepskin binding, embossed percaline covers, spines have gilt titles and decoration.
Illustrated with hand coloured / hand finished engraved plates. These were created by the leading illustrators of the time, including Duverger, L. Markaert, R. King. The bindings are in very good condition, with a little rubbing to the edges only. Inside, the text and plates have light foxing throughout, but are overall in very good condition.
Each copy online offers a different number of plates for each of the four volumes - but our copy seems to match the maximum collation for each variation (so seems complete.) The index is of limited use, as it only lists a proportion of the plates. In addition to the four title vignettes, we have: Europe (1844). 364 pages, 49 plates; Asie (1845). 592 pages, 82 plates; L'Afrique et l'Amérique (1844), 368 pages, 43 plates; l'Océanie (1845) 368 pages 36 plates. A total of 210 coloured plates.
Van der Marck pp. 154-155; Colas 3041; Chadenat 1507.