Lille: L. Lefort, Imprimeur-Libraire, 1850. Twelvemo, measuring 7 x 4.5 inches: 216. Original white cartonnage binding embossed in gilt, hand-colored lithographed vignette of a balloon launch to upper board, gilt paper dentelles. Tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece, pictorial title page. Printed geography prize label, completed in ink, to front pastedown: “Ècole et Pensionnat Primaires / Dirigés par Mr. Hri Rabier, Bergerac / Année Scolaire 1854-1855." Light foxing to edges and first and last pages, small stray mark to lower board.
Second edition of this popular guide to Asia, part of a travel series “d'après les voyageurs les plus célèbres," presented to a prizewinning French geography student in 1855. Chapters cover the Middle East, Turkestan, Afghanistan, India, Indochina, China, Japan, Tartary, and Siberia. The highlight of this copy is its wonderful cartonnage binding, featuring the launch of a hot-air balloon decorated with the French imperial eagle. Text in French. A delightful survival, in near-fine condition.