Villoteau, David (engraved by).
Paris. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), image approx. 22 x 15 1/2 inches on sheet approx. 28 x 21 inches. Good condition: dampstain lower left corner extending to plate mark, light foxing to edges, image clean and bright. Publisher's blindstamp at top right. Views of Egyptian string instruments from the monumental publication "Description de L'Egypte," which documented the research of the "savants" who accompanied Napoleon Bonaparte's ambitious expedition to Egypt (1798-1801). The full title of the publication translated into English reads "Description of Egypt, or the collection of observations and research made in Egypt during the Expedition of the French Army" hinting at the varied purposes of this foray into the Middle East. The European demand for information about Egypt and its glorious monuments led to the publication of two editions of the work, with engravings pulled from the same printing plates; this is from the second edition, uncolored as issued. Item #29975