Fevre (drawn by). Berthault (engraved by).
Paris. Panckouke. No date. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), image 13 x 23 inches on sheet 28 x 21 inches. Light scattered foxing (mainly in outer margins), dampstain to 10 x 2 1/2 inch area of upper left corner (entering into 1/4 inch area of plate but not affecting main image). Publisher's blindstamp at top right. This very large, fine engraving is plate 102 from Volume II 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. Shown are elevation views of houses from Malte, Alexandria, Rosetta, Damietta and Cairo. Item #41084