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RAYMOND, ALEXANDRE. L'Art Islamique en Orient. Two volumes (complete). Printed by M. Schulz, Prague. Première Partie: Vielles Faiences Turque en Asie-Mineure et a Constantinople. Original folding 1/4 cloth portfolio, decorated green and gilt lithographed boards, spine with some wear and spotting to head and foot and along top edges, tie broken; decorative pastedowns and flaps with arabesques in blue, green, and gold, creasing to preliminary folded sheets with introductory text; 39 (of 40, lacking number 4) plates, some folding, of the architectural use of ceramics in complex geometric patterns in mosques, mihrabs, and ornamental decoration, clean and bright [and] Deuxième Partie: Fragments d'Architecture Religueuse et Civile. Folio, matching design in original 1/4 green cloth, light rubbing to head and foot of spine with short fray along rear joint; M. Schulz bookplate to front pastedown; chromolithographed title-page and dedication page, illustrated text and 60 color plates (some double page) of portals, windows, iron work, facades, etc. of mosques, minarets and mausoleums. Prospectus with order sheets, copies of correspondence relating to publication, and a descriptive sheet for Part I which includes an announcement for Part II. Péra-Constantinople: Librairie Raymond, (c. 1922; 1924)
First editions, rarely found complete as here. Alexandre Raymond was a French architect who lived part of his life in Instanbul. His architectural drawings of Seljuk and Ottoman monuments around the country show their original appearance at a time when some pashas preferred the "modernist" French and German aesthetic. Rare to find both volumes available together, with the second part unrecorded in some major references; apparently Raymond applied the series title to the first part retrospectively. A projected Part III was never published. Creswell 445; Atabey 1015.