INSTITUT DE L'ÉGYPTE. Description de l'Égypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l'éxpédition de l'armée française. Planches. [Antiquities. Etat Moderne, Histoire Naturelle.] Paris: L'Imprimerie Imperiale, 1809.
Together, 2 plate volumes. Elephant folio (685 x 510 mm). 19th century half-morocco, spines gilt.
[Antiquities volume]: Half-title, title for Histoire Naturelle [sic], list of artists (mounted). 92 large engraved plates, maps, and plans, including 2 color, 9 double page, and a few folding, numbered 1-97 (lacking plates 15, 18, 49, 79, 87). All plates backed with new sheets, scattered foxing (significant to 2 or 3 plates) and a few pale dampstains, a few repaired tears and marginal restorations, lower third of plate 10 lacking, some restoration to spine.
[Etat Moderne]: Half-title, title, list of artists (all trimmed and mounted). 57 engraved plates and maps, including 2 double page. Plates trimmed at plate marks and mounted to elephant folio sheets, dampstaining throughout at upper right quarter, restoration to margins outside image of several plates, title page trimmed close at upper margin and worn at lower margin, plate 14 scuffed with loss of text, foxing throughout, staining to natural history plates, repair to margins mostly outside of image of several plates.
FROM THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE DESCRIPTION OF ANCIENT AND MODERN EGYPT. Two plate volumes from the 23 volume series produced by the commission of scholars and artists that accompanied Napoleon's expedition in Egypt in 1798-1801. The complete set is comprised of 10 text and 13 plate volumes, divided into Antiquitiés, Mémoires, Histoire naturelle, Etat moderne, and Carte topographique, and published from 1809-28. The present volumes are something of an amalgam: the spine and title page of one indicate the first volume of plates for Histoire Naturelle, but the 92 large plates within are from the first volume of Antiquities, depicting architecture and ruins, monuments, tombs, artifacts, views, elevations, and maps from Philae, Eswan, Edfou, Esne, Koum Omobu, and elsewhere. The volume labeled Etat Moderne (with a corresponding title page) features a selection of plates from volumes 1 and 2 of Etat Moderne, in addition to 21 plates from the first volume of Histoire Naturelle, including 17 ichthylogical plates, as well as plates mineralogical and botanical.
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