Jomard et al (drawn by). Schroeder et al (engraved by).
Paris. Panckouke. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), image approximately 20 x 14 3/4 inches on sheet 28 x 21 1/2 inches. Very good condition: light foxing to outer margins (a few small fox spots through title not affecting image). Publisher's blindstamp at top right. This very large, finely engraved view is plate 97 from Volume I 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, its glorious monuments and exotic culture 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 a bas reliefs from the Temple of Erment, a plan of the temple, a plan of the grounds and ruins around the temple, and a view of the ruins of the temple; the quality of the engraving powerfully evokes the splendor of these views. Item #44467