PERTUSIER, Charles. Picturesque Promenades in and near Constantinople, and on the Waters of the Bosphorus. London, Printed for Sir Richard Phillips and Co., 1820.
8vo. 20th-century boards with black morocco lettering piece to spine; pp. viii, 132; folding panorama aquatint frontispiece of the Hyppodrome, 6 other engraved plates including some folding; frontispiece browned, offsetting from endpapers; occasional spotting, entirely uncut, a good copy.
First English edition. Pertusier was based in Constantinople as aide-de-camp of the French ambassador of the Porte. The present title is an abridgement of his 3-volume Promenades Pittoresques dans Constantinople (Paris, 1815-17), with 7 plates reproduced from the Atlas to that work; no other English edition has ever appeared. The Blackmer catalogue describes his work as 'a charming description of the environs of Constantinople.'
Blackmer 1293; Atabey 943. The last copy to appear at auction was sold ten years ago.