DROUVILLE, Gaspard.
Voyage en Perse pendant les annees 1812 et 1813, contenant des details peu connus su les moeurs et usages des Persans, ainsi que surleur etat militaire, tant ancien qu’actuel, et generalement sur tout ce qui concerne les forces regulieres et irregulieres de cet empire.

Published
St Petersburg: imprime chez Pluchart, Paris: Firman Didot, 1819-21.
References
Brunet II, 833; Colas I, 899; Querard II, p. 385 (dating the work 1821); Wilson p. 62 (2).; Bobins 1087, SPL 389
Plates
60 + 1
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
$5,001-25,000
Ref
5058

FIRST EDITION. 4to atlas volume, with fresh marbled boards in half red leather, gilt to spine, titles in red and black morocco to spine. Two 4to text volumes bound as one, xxxvi introduction, 168pp., 2pp index and list of plates, half title, title, 223pp., index, 62 lithographed and engraved plates, including engraved portrait and map, all but two hand coloured, additional 10 variant lithographed plates, two of which are coloured, lithography by Orlowski, possibly trial proofs arranged in both the text and atlas, in fresh red half leather. This is one of only 200 copies, although Brunet suggests that this number was in fact 150. A second edition appeared in 1825. Colas suggests that this edition is after Brunet, II, 839, the atlas including twenty engraved and 42 lithographed plates. He further states that he has seen an atlas which could well be the same edition as this one, but with a change of date. No copy of the first edition has been seen at auction for the last three decades. Colas was unable to examine a copy of the first edition and Lipperheide only lists the second edition, published in two octavo volumes in Paris in 1829 with 60 plates and a map. Brunet and Querard call for 20 engravings and 42 lithographed plates in the atlas, without calling for any plates in the text. This work is ranked with those of Chardin and Tavernier in the importance of Drouville’s description of Persia. Drouville was a French soldier of fortune, who had travelled to Persia in the service of the Czar. Brunet mentions that the work contains many more or less unknown details of the customs and habits of the Persians, as well as giving a report on their military, both historical and contemporary. Rebinding and restoration work on this book was carried out by Ron Norman of Hartlepool (Ronnorn@aol.com)

Coloured plates in order:

Atlas volume.

1. Persan en habit d'Ete.
2. Homme du peuple en Kourdi.
3. Persan fumant le Cailliau.
4. Repas persan (folding plate).
5. Toufangchi nestoriene du Hekary.
6. Un Dervische; charlatan persan.
7. Femmes du Roi voyageant en Takti-revan.
8. Punition persane.
9. Noble Persan en habit de Cour.
10. Golam du Roi; cavalier de la garde royale.
11. Nackzarchi-Bachi; Grand-maitre des ceremonies.
12. Schotter-Bachi; chef des Coureurs du Roi.
13. Musique Militaire.
14. Danseur persan.
15. Danseuse persane.
16. Femmes persanes en peleringe.
17. Chasseur conduisant des chiens.
18. Serbas, Soldat regulier de la premiere formation.
19. Serbas, Soldat regulier de la seconde formation.
20. Chasseurs dragons.
21. Un Afchard courant au galop apres un Turc.
22. Djanbas, soldat irregulier du Roi.
23. Soldat regulier, formation anglaise.
24. Nizam-Atly, Lancier regulier persan.
25. Zombarek, Artillerie irregulier legere.
26. Zombarek, dechargeant sa piece sur un chameau.
27. Sacas, porteur d'Eau.
28. Ceremonies des funerailles persanes (folding plate.)
29. Curde d la plaine, au grand galop.
30. Famille nomade curde sous une Tente avec leurs bestiaux (folding plate.)
31. Un Archer, Cavalier persan.
[Map] Carte de la Perse.

Text volume.

32. Persan en habit d'Ete.
33. Persan couvert de son Kurk.
34. Mirza, en robe de ceremonies.
35. Persan en Katebi de velours.
36. Dame persane, en Tikmeh de fourrure.
37. Dame persane en Tchapkin de brocad.
38. Dame georgienne.
39. Dame circassienne en costume national.
40. Dame persane a la promenade, couverte du Chadera et du Roubend.
41. Femme du peuple a la promanade.
42. Vue exterieure d'un village persan.
43. Vue interieure d'un Caravanserai de ville.
44. Seconde vue d'un Caravanserai.
45. Persan se promenant a cheval en fumant.
46. Femme armenienne avec un enfant.
47. Toufangchi nestorien du Bekary.
48. Califa (Eveque) nestorienne.
49. Cheick al Islam (Grand-Pretre) de Perse.
50. Fakir, ou Mendiant arabe.
51. Femme du Roi voyageant en Taktirevan.
52. Cheval du Roi peint de henne.
53. Persan criminel, a la chaine.
54. Atletes persans en excercises.
55. Atletes luttant.
56. Soldat regulier, formation anglaise.
57. Drapeau et etendard persans.
58. Cannonier regulier de nouvelle formation.
59. Dame curde paree.
60. Dame curde a la promenade.