With a copper engraving of the Monumental Arch of Palmyra, destroyed by IS, 1803
Historisch-Mahlerische Reise durch Syrien, Phönicien und Nieder-Ägypten [Historical-Picturesque Voyage to Syria, Phoenicia and Lower-Egypt]. With engraved title page and 20 copper engravings. Vienna: 1803.
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Historisch-Mahlerische Reise durch Syrien, Phönicien und Nieder-Ägypten [Historical-Picturesque Voyage to Syria, Phoenicia and Lower-Egypt]. With engraved title page and 20, where of 2 double paged copper engravings by Johann Blaschke and Joseph Gerstner after engravings by Louis-François Cassas. In: Wiener Taschenbuch für 1804 [Vienna Almanac for the year 1804]. Vienna: Joseph Vinzenz Degen 1803.
12mo. [2 p. (engraved almanac title)], [28 p. (a1-a8, b1-b2, c1-c4)]; [2 p. (engraved title)], p. 1-36, [20 copper engraved plates]; p. 1-136; [8 p.]; [32 engraved p.] Contemporary turquoise cardboard with gilt ornamental spine title on leather label, as well as gilt edges throughout.
Handsome Viennese almanac with 20 original copper engravings and accompanying texts based on Louis-François Cassas‘ famous edition of over 300 folio engravings titled »Voyage pittoresque de la Syrie, de la Phénicie, de la Palestine et de la Basse-Égypte« (1799/1800).
Inhalt: The plates show landscapes, urban scenes and most importantly buildings and archeological sites in todays Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, which Cassas had made drawings of in exact measurement and details during a journey in 1785. Many of the sites had never been recorded before. The selection in this almanac also includes 3, where of 1 double-paged, engravings of Syrian sites in Palmyra and Homs (Emesa) heavily under thread, partly destroyed, damaged and looted during the recent Syrian Civil war, among others the Monumental Arch of Palmyra destroyed by IS in 2015. Interestingly the explanatory German texts to the plates are original contributions to this almanac. The French original does not contain any text except the captions.
Starting with a calendar the almanach additionally contains an advisor for trips in Austria and closes with a note book and a cash register, both in chronological order and composed with engraved pages, the note book with typographic title engraving and allegoric head-pieces. Degen’s almanach was published from 1803 until 1809. In the following 1805 edition another set of 19, where of 3 double-paged engravings out of Cassas‘ work were published.
Condition: The engraved allegoric frontispiece is missing. Corners bumped, binding worn, inside in parts foxy, as well as dirt- and finger-stained.
Reference: Thieme/Becker, vol. 10 (1910, p. 346 (Blaschke) and vol. 13 (1920), p. 346 (Gerstner).