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Description de l'Égypte ou Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte ...
24 volumes of text in 26 volumes in-8 and 11 volumes large in-folio of atlases (10 of plates and a geographical atlas).
Half blue glazed calf, smooth spines with titles and tomaison in gilt letters, boards covered with blue marbled paper (binding by Tessier, binder and gilder to H.R.H. the Duke of Orleans, with his label on the upper front cover of the volume Antiquités 1). (Spines of the atlases rebound, boards preserved with some paper restorations; rare light foxing, frontispiece restored). SECOND EDITION of this monument to the history of the book comprising 994 plates.
The work includes: Text: Antiquities. Description - 5 volumes. Antiquities. Memoirs - 4 volumes illustrated with 13 tables, 5 plates and 1 map. Modern State - 8 volumes in 10 volumes illustrated with 45 plates (in 25 sheets), 17 tables (in 17 sheets) and 2 maps (ancient and comparative of Egypt, - of Lower Egypt). Natural History - 6 volumes illustrated with 2 tables (in 4 sheets) and 1 plate. Explanation of the plates - 1 volume Atlas: Antiquities - 5 volumes illustrated with frontispiece, 420 plates (including the portrait of Louis XVIII) and a table. Etat Moderne - 2 volumes illustrated with 189 plates on 181 leaves. Natural History - 2 volumes in 3 volumes illustrated with 245 plates. Geographical Atlas - 1 volume illustrated with 53 maps and plates including a double page engraved title.
That is to say a total of 908 plates in folio, to which it is necessary to add the illustration of the volumes in8, that is to say 3 maps, 32 tables and 51 plates.Very beautiful copy. The Description de l'Egypte is the result of the collaboration of scholars, artists and technicians who followed Bonaparte to Egypt. It is THE MOST MONUMENTAL WORK EVER CONSECRATED TO A PEOPLE. Monge and Denou were the project managers.
Voted by the Directory in April 1798, the military expedition to Egypt led by Bonaparte was coupled with a scientific expedition.For this purpose, Bonaparte created a commission of sciences and arts composed of scientists and experts; in total, 167 people, all disciplines, were part of the expedition: physicists, painters, naturalists, draughtsmen, mathematicians, astronomers, geographers, architects, sculptors, men of letters, printers, etc. among whom Jacques Barraband, Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, Jules-César Savigny, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Vivant Denon, Conté, Méchain, and others. Two months after their arrival in Egypt, Bonaparte created the Institute of Egypt with the aim of recording, reproducing and listing the works and research of scholars in the many and varied fields of antiquity, architecture, language, crafts, music, industry, mineralogy, medicine, etc. Despite all the obstacles, the expedition succeeded in bringing back an impressive and unpublished quantity of documents. It is thanks to the competence of all these men that this monumental work was able to see the day.
First published in 1809, the Description de l'Egypte ou Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française (Description of Egypt or Collection of observations and research made in Egypt during the expedition of the French army) is divided into 4 major sections: Ancient Egypt (antiquities), Modern Egypt, Natural History and Geography.
The second edition, known as the Panckoucke edition, was published between 1821 and 1829. The Description de l'Egypte ou Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française CONSTITUTE TODAY A DOCUMENTARY SOURCE OF THE FIRST ORDER, as many of the buildings represented on the plates were later completely destroyed. Atabey, 343 (1st edition); Brunet, II, 617.