Jomard (drawn by).
Paris. Panckouke. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), image approx. 23 x 15 inches on sheet approximately 28 x 21 inches. Very good condition: short creases and a few 1/2 to 1 inch tears to right edge (image not affected), light scattered foxing (mainly outside image area), 4 x 3 1/2 inch dampstain to upper left margin entering into 2 x 3 inch area of title and Fig.4. Publisher's blindstamp at top right. This very large, finely engraved image is plate 30 from Volume I of 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 two panoramic views of Elephantine, also known as, the Island of Flowers, and Syene (Aswan/Asouan), plus charts of the cataract and the area around Aswan and Philae; the quality of the engraving powerfully evokes the splendor of the town and surrounding landscape. Item #40929