Description de l'Egypte Pl 35, Vol I Île d'Éléphantine

Description de l'Egypte Pl 35, Vol I Île d'Éléphantine
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Description de l'Egypte Pl 35, Vol I Île d'Éléphantine

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Original copper engraving print from Napoleon's Description de l'Egypte (Description of Egypt)

Île d'Éléphantine. Plan, Coupe, Élévations, Détails et Bas-Reliefs du Temple de Sud.

  • Original antique copper engraving print

  • After Jomard by Sellier fils.

  • From Napoleon's expedition to Egypt

  • 1809

  • Paper size 19 ⅞ x 26 ½ inches

  • Medium weight laid and chain paper, blank on the back

  • Paper contains a watermark  - EGYPTE ANCIENNE ET MODERNE

  • Prints of this age show expected signs of age - like darkening around the edges, some staining and light foxing (see photo for actual condition). The ink remains rich black, and the paper stable.

  • Arrives in archival sleeve for archival storage

  • Only one available

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The copperplate engravings from Description de l'Egypte (Description of Egypt), published from 1809–1813 by the French government are the first comprehensive illustrated description of ancient and modern Egypt.  The publication is result of Napoleon Bonaparte's (1769–1821) pioneering military and scientific expedition to Egypt from 1798 to 1801. The prints are exceptionally detailed.

In 1798 Napoleon embarked on his legendary expedition to Egypt with the ambition of wresting control of the region from the Turkish Empire and opening the enigmatic kingdom to the West. Conquering Egypt, the geographical center point in the axis of trade between Europe, India and the East, was an integral part of Bonaparte's strategic plan for global domination. Among the numerous civilians accompanying him, were the savants, leading French scholars, artists, scientists, engineers and technicians, whom he commissioned to compile a thorough survey of every aspect of Egypt that could later be used in planning the country's future shape.

The survey was divided into various sections detailing the antiquities, modern architecture, natural history and topography of Egypt and coordinated by the l'Institut de l'Egypte with a view to publication. Following the defeat of the French army, the 'savants' returned to France where a committee was established to edit and supervise the work's production. Begun under Napoleon in 1809, Description de l'Egypte' was finally completed in 1830.

Although not a military success, the expedition and the resultant 'Description', were a scientific and cultural triumph considered by many to be the birth of Egyptology. Prior to Napoleon's invasion, access to and knowledge of Egypt, its culture and antiquities, were limited to the objects brought to Europe by the Romans and nineteenth-century merchants. The exquisite plates from this voluminous and invaluable work provided the first true glimpse into a once mysterious land and indelibly influenced how the west perceived Egypt.