ALOM (=ALLOM, Thomas). Souvenirs Des Pyrenees. Choix De 16 Vues. Gravées Au Burin.
Eaux-Bonnes: Auguste Bassy, c.1840
27 x 20.5 cm. Engraved title page; 16 engravings of landscapes of the Pyrenees. Original half-linen with gilt decoration and title; slightly worn; corners bumped. Foxing and browning throughout; slight water-staining on top right margin. Overall, a fine copy. Very rare.
The author of the engravings is Thomas Allom (1804 –1872), an English architect, artist, and topographical illustrator. A founding member of what became the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Allom designed many buildings in London, including the Church of St Peter’s and parts of the elegant Ladbroke Estate in Notting Hill. However, he is mostly known today for his numerous topographical works, which were used to illustrate books on travel, such as this one. From the 1820s onwards, Allom travelled extensively through the UK and mainland Europe.