These are the first four volumes, from different years (1797 to 1805), of the “Collection Portative de Voyages”, translated into french, with extensive prefaces by L. Langlès.
These diminutive (3.25″ x 6.125″) leather-bound volumes are in good overall condition, with straight and securely connected spines, on which the lettering, gilt in red backgrounds, is clearly legible. The front and back covers, with elegant gilt borders, have shallow edge wear and moderate fade, but no substantial stains, no looseness at the hinges and no notable tears.
Volume 1, a 1797 edition (246 numbered pages, following the preface), “Voyage de l”Inde a la Mekke” has no stamps or other attachments to the marbled inside cover spreads. The two illustration pages, each of which is in excellent condition, are securely attached, as are all text pages. There are occasional stains, mostly spot stains, but no large stains or notable tears.
Volume 2, a 1798 edition, is the first of two volumes titled “Voyages de La Perse dans l’Inde et du Bengal en Perse” (142 pages after 2 extensive prefaces) has darker stains to the bottom borders of the last group of pages, but, as with Volume I, few stains, and none of consequence, to the text, all of which is clearly legible. The one illustration, is in excellent condition.
Volume 3, a 1798 edition, part two of the title noted immediately above, has a frontispiece that is clean and unfaded, with no tears or like flaws. The text (270 pages after preface), is clean and unfaded.
Volume 4, a 1805 edition, “Voyage Pittoresque de l’Inde”( 242 pages after preface) has no illustrations. The text is in the same condition as the other volumes. The page edges gilt all-around in each volume, are clean and unfaded, with no tears or other flaws.
The accompanying photos are accurate reflections of the range of conditions in this set.
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