Le Kaire. Citadelle. (Mosque of Sultan Qalaoun). CAIRO - ARCHITECTURE.

Le Kaire. Citadelle. (Mosque of Sultan Qalaoun).

Jomard (drawn by). Leisnier (engraved by).
Paris. Panckouke. No date. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), image approximately 22 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches on sheet 28 x 21 1/4 inches. Very good condition: tissue guard attached at left edge, a few faint foxed spots to outer edges, short tear to upper edge. Publisher's blindstamp at top right. Shown is the floor plan of the Mosque of Sultan Qalaoun with architectural details. Plate 75 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. Item #52604

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