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Attractive coloured views of the Pyrenees, including several panoramas

PETIT, Victor Jean-Baptiste.
Bagneres de Luchon et ses environs.
Paris, Charles Boivin; Pau, Auguste Bassy, [ca. 1850]. Oblong folio (26.5 x 37.5 cm). With a lithographed title-page with a hand-coloured vignette, and 29 numbered lithographed plates, all coloured by hand and some double-page (including 1 folding out vertically) or folding panoramas. All plates mounted on thick wove paper with letterpress captions. Contemporary gold- and blind-blocked dark green cloth, gilt edges.
€ 1,250
Attractive colour-plate book depicting the spa towns of Bagnères-de-Luchon, an area in the Pyrenees of southern France, adjacent to Spain. The illustrations show waterfalls, lakes, mountains, valleys, glaciers and some villages, each with a caption below the image and sometimes mentioning in the margins the names and heights of the mountains depicted. The plates are drawn and lithographed by the French artist Victor Petit (ca. 1817-1871) and printed by the Thierry brothers in Paris. Some of the plates were also inlcuded in Petit's Souvenirs des Pyrénées (1850).
Some occasional minor foxing, a water stain in the outer margin of the last plate (no. 29), not affecting the image, but otherwise in good condition. Binding rubbed along the extremities, hinges weak and partly cracked, and spine damaged. Bobins collection 956 (25 plates); WorldCat (4 copies); for Petit: Benezit VIII, pp. 256-257.
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