Edfou (Apollinopolis Magna.) Bas-Reliefs et Sculptures du Grand Temple. EDFOU.

Edfou (Apollinopolis Magna.) Bas-Reliefs et Sculptures du Grand Temple.

Redoute, H. J. et al (drawn by).
Paris. Panckouke. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), image approx. 23 x 15 inches on sheet approximately 21 x 28 inches. Very good condition: one tear at right edge ending outside plate mark. Publisher's blindstamp at top right. This very large, finely engraved image is plate 57 from the Antiquities section of 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, 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. Shown are details of the bas reliefs and sculptures from the remarkable temple at Edfou on the upper Nile River; the quality of the engraving powerfully evokes the splendour of this beautiful edifice. Item #31408

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