Protain (drawn by). Leisnier (engraved by).
Paris. Panckouke. No date. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), image 23 x 16 1/2 on sheet 28 x 21 inches. Light scattered foxing (mainly in outer margins), publisher's blindstamp at top right. Study of Egyptian architecture from Volume I of the Modern State 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 of this work 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. Plans of the ground and first floor of the building of Hasan Kachef Ou and two elevations. Plate 54. Item #41023