SPAIN Translated by J. Thomson, F.R.G.S.

(London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle, 1876).

FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE SCARCEST OF GUSTAVE DORÉ’S MAGNIFICENT ILLUSTRATED BOOKS. It is vastly decorated with over 230 of his impressive engravings. While many such books of the period would have been content with only providing views of landscapes, scenery and landmarks, Doré also provides us with vivid glimpses into the life, work and recreation of the people. Of special note are views of the Alhambra, flamingo hunting, bull fighting, musicians, dancers and beggars. Serving as a perfect complement to the illustrations is the text by Baron D’Avillier. Doré and D’Avillier toured Spain extensively together for the express purpose of producing this book. It was a long tour, and making good use of their time, the two gentlemen seem to have seen, and then reproduced here in words and pictures, nearly everything worth seeing. Item #70017

First Edition in English Beautifully illustrated by Gustave Doré throughout, with a total of 236 illustrations, 112 being full page and 124 thoroughout the text. Large Folio, beautifully bound in the publisher’s original royal blue cloth, the upper cover lettered and decorated in an all-over design featuring Arabesque architectural elements, trees and birds and a garden fountain magnificently rendered in gilt and black, the spine lettered and decorated in an all-over design of similar motif in gilt and black, all edges gilt. xiii, 512 pp. A beautiful copy of this majestic book, bright and clean, the cloth preserved very well without rubbing or evidence of abuse, head of the spine with light sophistication expertly accomplished at the edge, the text-block and illustrations clean and crisp throughout, a very pleasing copy in the scarce royal blue cloth.

Price: $1,500.00