Jean-Claude Richard de Saint-Non Abbé de Saint-Non
(Parigi, 1727 - 1791)

SAINT-NON. Voyage pittoresque ou description des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicilie.

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Jean-Claude Richard de Saint-Non Abbé de Saint-Non
(Parigi, 1727 - 1791)

SAINT-NON. Voyage pittoresque ou description des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicilie.
SAINT-NON, Abbé de. Voyage pittoresque ou description des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicilie.
Paris, Clousier, 1781-1786

5 Volumes in-folio, mm. 498x325; Contemporary full brown leather binding, gold ornaments on the spines, marbled endpapers, green edges. Composed as follows: Vol. 1: pages 6, XIII, 3, 252, 51 Plates engraved out of text. Vol. 2 (1.2): pages 4, XXVIII, 283, 9, 83 Plates. Vol 3: pages 4, IV, XL, 184, 7-22, 185-201, 1 blank, 65 Plates. Vol. 4: pages 6, XVIII, 4, 266, 71 Plates. Vol. 5 (4.2): pages 4, IV, 3, 268-429, 1, 35 Plates. The second part of the first volume takes the place of the second volume; Volume 3, with the pagination in Variant B described in Opac Sbn. Name of the printer Clousier in the colophons of vol. 1.2 and 4.2. Vignettes on the Title-pages, head-pieces, end-pieces and ornaments engravings.
In total 305 Plates engraved in copper out of text. Among these 10 Geographical Maps, 9 of which on double pages, and 18 plates with ancient coins. With 25 large end-pieces depicting mythological scenes colored in two tones of red and black in the manner of ancient Greek vases.
Damages to rubbed binding, internally some slight foxing, overall good copy with wide margins.

Condition Report

Extremely rare complete set of 5 volumes, including the rare "phallus plate". In total 305 Plates. Particular specimen, with the vignettes depicting ancient vases in splendid coloring that perfectly reproduces the refined ancient artifacts and with the famous plate of "Phallus" in the second volume, often missing due to censorship by the King of Naples. Magnificent figurative work, printed on thick paper, with the plates, some of which folded, engraved by the major French artists and taken from the original drawings of Fragonard, Hubert Robert and other eminent painters. They depict views, monuments, ruins, art objects, medals and maps. 
Very important work that provides precious iconographic evidence, with the drawings of the archaeological excavations of Herculaneum and the city of Messina before the 1783 earthquake. The descriptive text is today attributed to the painter, sculptor and man of letters D. Vivant-Denon. Abbé de Saint-Non, creator and coordinator of the company, was ruined to carry it out. 
Cohen-Ricci: “aux frais de l'auteur, l'abbé de Saint-Non, qui se ruina dans cette entreprise. Beaucoup des culs-de-lampe représentant des antiquités sont gravé par lui.” Ray: “This is the most ambitious and successful of travel books.” Millard: “the completed work is one of the most beautiful that a private person has ever produced, and it is unparalleled among the sumptuous voyage pittoresque publications.”
As Blackmer notes, Saint-Non's Voyage 'was the first work of its type to appear in France and it created a vogue', exemplified by the works of Houel, Choiseul-Gouffier, Cassas and others. Saint-Non, a gifted amateur engraver, travelled extensively in Italy, and planned this work with the collaboration of gifted friends. Cassas, Duplessi-Bertaux, Fragonard, Houel and Hubert-Robert all contributed drawings, while Denon commissioned local artists to produce drawings of significant sites that the principal artists could not visit. Publication was by subscription in fascicules, but Saint-Non was ruined by the expense.


Cohen-De Ricci 928-930; Ray, French, 34; Blackmer 1473, 62-63. Millard, French 148.
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