Vernet, Horace / Goupil, [Frédéric Auguste Antoine]. Voyage d'Horace Vernet en Orient. Rédigé par M. Goupil Fesquet. Orné de seize dessins.

Paris, Challamel, [1843].

Large 8vo. 228 pp. (misnumbered "328"). With lithogr. frontispiece and 15 lithogr. plates, all in beautiful contemporary colour, raised in gum Arabic, with tissue guards. Contemporary half calf with gilt spine.


First edition; republished in Brussels in 1844. The artist Goupil-Fesquet (1817-78) accompanied Vernet to Egypt and Syria, where is is known to have taken the first dagerreotypes in the area - only two months after the discovery of photography was announced in 1839. This work is an account of that famous journey which became a landmark in the history of photography in the Near East. In addition to his description of the famous tour, Goupil discusses the oriental decorative arts.

Strong foxing throughout.

Blackmer 718. Weber I, 309. Not in Ibrahim-Hilmy.