This rare album with 24 originally hand-colored lithographs is Louis Choris’s Vues et Paysages des Régions Equinoxiales, recueillis dans un voyage autour du Monde…avec une introduction et un texte explicatif. The work was published in Paris in 1826 by Paul Renouard. The lithographs were completed by F. Noel and F. Bové after Choris’s original illustrations. The volume is bound in half polished calf with mottled paper boards and gilt-ruled spine in five compartments.
The volume with plates only features views of Hawaii, the Philippines, Tenerife, Brazil, Easter Island, the then-newly discovered island of Romanzov with its spectacular coral reefs, Kamchatka, the Cape of Good Hope, and Saint Helena. This work features 24 plates not included in his 1822 publication of Voyage Pittoresque. The volume is absent title page or descriptive text.
“In July 1815 Choris, at the age of 20, joined Otto von Kotzebue’s expedition on the Rurik as the official artist. This was the first Russian circumnavigation devoted exclusively to scientific purposes and several well-known scientists contributed greatly to its success. Choris made a great many drawings during this voyage. In 1822 he published Voyage Pittoresque autour du monde.” (Lada-Mocarski)
“Choris’s drawings are original and faithful pictorial representations of the subjects he drew.” (Lada-Mocarski)