Jollois et Devilliers (drawn by). Rousseau and Lorieux (engraved by).
Paris. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), image approximately 14 x 22 inches on sheet 17 x 24 inches. Several light spots in upper area of image, light creasing at upper left corner. Publisher's blindstamp at top right (trimmed). An reconstructed view of a highly decorated temple exterior. Plate 88 from Antiquities, from Volume I of the Antiquities section of the second edition 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. Item #32209