Preziosi, Amadeo. Stamboul. Souvenir d'Orient.

Paris, Imp. Lemercier, 1861.

Oblong folio (498 x 370 mm). Lithographed title-page, 29 chromolithographed plates, protected by tissue guards. Original green cloth with blind-ruled and ornamental borders to both covers and gilt Tughra of Sultan Abdulmejid I to the upper cover.


First edition, second issue.

Complete suite comprising 29 chromolithographs with captions in French and English, depicting life scenes and views of Istanbul: a druggist's shop, Turkish ladies walking, a guard house, carriage, silk bazar, sweetmeat shop, water carrier, the Bosporus, a coffee house, whirling dervishes, etc. The Maltese painter Preziosi (1816-82) is known for his watercolours and prints of the Ottoman Empire, the Balkans and Romania. In 1842 he moved to Constantinople, where he remained until his death.

Some foxing, more extensive on title-page. Covers slightly rubbed, but generally in fine condition.

Provenance: The title-page bears a handwritten inscription in French from Catinca Nico de Catargi, a member of the notable Wallachian family Catargiu, to "la Comtesse Han" (i.e., the German writer Ida Countess von Hahn-Hahn, 1805-80), dated 16 April 1865.


Atabey 999. OCLC 70296476. Cf. Blackmer 1353 (1865 ed.); Colas 2422 (1858 ed.).