Voyage du Jeune Anacharsiswith large folding map by Barbie de Bocage appearing for the First time.
Barthelemy, J.J, (Abbe) Travels of Anacharsis the Younger in Greece.Voyage du Jeune Anacharsis en Grèce, vers le mileu du Quatrième Siècle avant l'Ère Vulgaire.. Paris chez Desray, Libraire, rue haute-Feuille, No4 de l'Imprimerie de Didot le Jeune. 1817
7 Volumes Octavo; [clii] 367; Half title, volume title [ii] 517 (518); [vi. including titles],496; [vi. including titles] 507 (508); [vi. including titles] 495 (496); half title, volume title, table of contents,454; [vi. including titles]496. & Atlas in Folio pp 60+1. with 41 copper engraved plates. 5th edition Text uncut. Blue boards with gilt to spines. A matching set of the 1817, 5th edition of Barthelemy's famous Voyage du jeune Anarcharsis en Grèce, first published in 1787. The atlas volume in large folio includes the large folding map Carte Générale de la Grèceet d'une grande partie de ses colonies..by Barbie de Bocage, for the first time. Originally intended to appear in the edition of An VII[1798-9] as the text of the edition mentions however there were "difficulties du libraire" as Bocage mentions in his Addition critique des cartes de l'Ancienne Grèce  As can be seen from the dates on the cartouche the map was finally finished in 1811 it was only when Didot Jeune again published the atlas in large folio for the 5th edition in 1817 that this decorative map engraved by PAF Tardieu could finally be published. Also includes the double page map of the same title that was included in previous editions. Portrait of the JJ.Barthelemy in Vol 1 of text Atlas: Large portrait by F.P. Gounod. Carte Générale de la Grèceet d'une grande partie de ses colonies..by Barbie de Bocage, and 12 maps of parts of Greece with outline colour; 15 maps and plans of ancient Greek sites and battles in black and white, including Marathon, Thermopylea and Salamis, also the Bosphorus, Hellespont and Black Sea.. Architectural restorations of ancient temples, floor plans of buildings and copper engraved views of the Parthenon, Thesion, Sunium and Delphi. A plate of coins with page of explanation. All but the large map and plate 2bis [ the general map of Greece that had appeared in previous editions] unfolded single page plates, with good margins Text: Spine of Vol 5 & boards of most volumes rubbed. Corners and head and tails of spines bumped; Vol. 2-7 pages uncut, heavy spotting throughout. Atlas: spine and boards rubbed; damp stain to front board; lower corners heavily bumped; chip to edge of rear board. Plates: Large folding map of Greece by Barbie de Bocage with light spotting mainly to margins; some spotting throughout. mainly away from images.
Jean-Jacques Barthélemy 1716 – 1795) was a French writer and numismatist. Barthélemy was the author of a number of learned works on antiquarian subjects, but the great work on which his fame rests is Voyage du jeune Anarcharsis en Grèce, first published in 1787. He had begun it in 1757 and had been working on it for thirty years. The hero, a young Scythian descended from the famous philosopher Anacharsis, is supposed to repair to Greece for instruction in his early youth, and after making the tour of her republics, colonies and islands, to return to his native country and write this book in his old age, after the Macedonian hero had overturned the Persian empire. In the manner of modern travellers, he gives an account of the customs, government, and antiquities of the country he is supposed to have visited. A copious introduction supplies whatever may be wanting in respect to historical details, while various dissertations on the music of the Greeks, on the literature of the Athenians, and on the economy, pursuits, ruling passions, manners, and customs of the surrounding states supply ample information on the subjects of which they treat. Modern scholarship has superseded most of the details in the Voyage, but the author himself did not imagine his book to be a register of accurately ascertained facts. Rather, he intended to afford to his countrymen, in an interesting form, some knowledge of Greek civilization.
"Jean Jacques Barthélemy (1716-1795), also known as Abbé Barthélemy, was born into a well-to-do family in the South of France. Literatus, numismatist and author, he studied Philosophy, Theology and Classical Archaeology. Following a journey to Italy, he was inspired to write a novel whose main character is a young Scythian who wanders through the ancient Greek world of the fourth century BC, with flashbacks to the Archaic and Classical periods. Barthélemy started studying and writing on Antiquity in 1757 and his first book was published in 1788. He died at the age of 80, while working on the fourth edition of this remarkable literary work. Abbé Barthélemy studied the works of Greek and Roman authors and meticulously annotated on his maps the information he extracted. He relied too on the well-documented investigations that J. Foucherot and M.G.F.A. Choiseul-Gouffier had made on the spot, thus complementing his fictional work with accurate representations of the most important locations and battlefields. This multi-volume work – both a fictional recreation of an era and a travel narrative presenting an idyllic panorama of the ancient world, illustrated with maps and drawings by Barbié de Bocage – fuelled the public's interest in ancient scholarship. Thus it became a best-seller of the time, and was republished repeatedly into the nineteenth century. " [ Ioli Vingopoulou;Travelogues Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation]
Brunet:1,674-675; not in Zacharakis, but see note under Barbie de Bocage. 220 by 135mm (8¾ by 5¼ inches)Text volumes; Atlas:480 by 310mm (19 by 12¼inches). Map: 535 by767mm (
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