Voyage du Sieur Paul Lucas Fait en M.DCCXIV, &c. par Ordre de Louis XIV dans la Turquie, l'Asie, Sourie, Palestine, Haute & Basse Egypte, & c. Rouen / Paris: Chez Robert Machuel / Chez Jean - Francois Josse, 1724. 8o., 12 h. + 384 p. + 4 h.; 384 p. + 4 h.; 345 p. + 4 h. Volumes I - III. Nouvelle édition.
Volume I: Eight illustrations (5 folded), and a folded map.
Volume II: Seventeen illustrations (12 folded), and a folded map. Pages 172, 234, 298, and 337 with missing elements without affecting text.
Volume III: Six illustrations (two folded). Ex-libris seals. Hardcover, bound in leather.
A French adventurer, Paul Lucas traveled to the Orient in 1698 to search for precious stones for the Venetian market. He also acquired coins and medals that he took back to France in order to enrich the Royal Cabinet. He was named the King's antiquarian, and undertook a series of expeditions to the Middle East and Africa. This book is a revision of his last journey from 1714 to 1717 where he describes some of the unusual or little-known monuments from these countries, some of which are represented in engravings. Also included is meticulous cartography, as well as a list of the objects obtained during the expedicion, including little-known species at the time.
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