Paris. Panckouke. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), image 14 x 18 1/2 inches on sheet size approximately 17 3/4 x 24 inches. Sheet has been cropped to the plate mark at lower edge (no title and publication information) and to a margin of 1/4 inches at the side edges, 1 inch at top edge; "Sphynx" written in pencil at lower right under image. Light foxing to left and right edge, one tiny foxed spot at lower centre of image, two spots of adhesive remains (no discoloring) at top edge, light creasing (most noticeable at upper right outside the image area). Still overall good condition, a striking image that displays well. This large, finely engraved image is plate 11 from Volume V 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 of the 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 is a view of the Great Sphinx of Giza, the grand scale indicated by the small images of people in the fore and back grounds. Item #52602
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