Heavy half-leather period binding with gilt descriptions on two colored spine labels. This is the rare second edition of one of the most celebrated and extensive French illustrated works of this kind.
It appears less frequently than the first edition from 1781–1786 and is significantly expanded. In addition to its artistic value, it is a source of much valuable period information about topography, geography, history, archaeology, numismatics and more. The exactly executed and printed copperplate engravings are often laid out one under the other on a single leaf. They present very decorative, in part panoramic vedute of southern Italian towns and regions, as well as buildings and objects from antiquity. The plates printed through the rarely used and exacting color copperplate engraving process are particularly interesting. Paris, Crapelet pour Dufour et Chaillou-Potrelle, 1829. Two volumes, marked on spine I, II, III, IV. S 558, of which there are 27 colored numbered copperplate engravings, on 338 plates, including 13 mostly two-page copper-engraved maps, nine plans and 27 plates with images of coins.