FARRERE, Claude and D. Ch. FOUQUERAY [artist]. Escales d'Asie. Paris, Laborey, 1947.
4to. Loose sheets in the original printed and hand-coloured wrappers, within the original marbled box with printed label; pp. 134, [10, the final 3 blank], title printed in green and black and with hand-coloured vignette, one map of Arabia with hand-coloured vignette, numerous hand-coloured illustrations (one double-page size); apart from minimal rubbing to the box, a very fine copy.
First edition, number 122 of 450 copies printed of an extremely rare and beautifully produced work describing the Arabian coast and the Persian Gulf. Frédéric-Charles Bargone, who published mainly under the pseudonym Claude Farrère, was a French novelist and traveller who had been in the French Navy up to 1919. The artist Charles Dominique Fouqueray, official Navy painter since 1908, participated in two Asian voyages, in 1921 and 1924. His rich pictorial material resulting from the Arabian part of these voyages is published here for the first time with the text commissioned for this edition. Both artist and writer were perfectly suited for a book on the coastal scenery and navigation of these waters, as well as traditional sailing and ship building techniques.The section on the Gulf starts on p. 89, taking up the rest of the volume, and includes a little excursion up the Tigris. There are not many books with artistic illustrations of the places on the Western coast of the Gulf. It is also unusual that the book is entirely illustrated in original watercolour over very faintly printed grey and black outlines and shades, and not, as one would expect from a French mid-century book, pochoir-coloured.