GRASSET DE SAINT-SAUVEUR, Jacques, 1757-1810
Encyclopédie des voyages, contenant l’abrégé historique des moeurs, usages, habitudes domestiques, religions, habitudes domestiques, religions, fêtes, supplices, funérailles, sciences, arts, et commerce de tous les peuples : er la collection complette de leurs habillemens civils, militaires, religieux et dignitaires, dessinés d’après nature, gravés avec soin et coloriés à l’aquarelle.
Rare set of Grasset de Saint-Sauveur’s ethnographic encyclopaedia, containing additional plates and in a fine binding.
[Paris] : Deroy, 1796. First edition. Quarto, five volumes bound in four, early nineteenth century full vellum with central arabesque lozenges tooled in blind, manuscript titles to spines, green silk ribbons, four engraved frontispieces and 434 plates, all with fine original hand colouring, gold highlight to borders, printed on blue and white paper, volumes I; III; IV; V bound without the list of plates; bookplates from the Earl of Dalhousie, Austin Smith, K. K. Wood and J. R. P to front pastedowns; an exceptional set in fine condition in de luxe full vellum binding, bound with the full complement of plates.
Writer and diplomat Grasset de Saint-Sauveur’s Encyclopédie was published in parts, and for that reason is rarely found complete. Two volumes are dedicated to Europe, and one each to Africa, the Americas and Asia. This set contains more plates than any other known, with six additional plates drawn from Grasset de Saint-Sauveur’s later works on ethnography. The fine hand-coloured aquatint plates, drawn by Grasset de Saint-Sauveur or Labrousse and engraved by J. Laroque or Labrousse, depict the peoples of the world in their traditional costumes. They include numerous subjects from the South Seas, among them New Zealand (4), Easter Island (2), Tahiti (6), Hawaii (6), Palau (3) and New Caledonia (2).
Colas, 1292; Lipperheide, 41 (both calling for 428 plates and 4 frontispieces); Brunet II, 1711 (calling for 432 plates); Forbes, 249 & 264; Sabin, 16808.
Copies are recorded in three Australian collections (National Library of Australia; State Library of New South Wales; State Library of Victoria).