Protain (del). DeBuigne (sculpt).
Paris. Panckouke. No date. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), image approximately 16 1/2 x 23 inches on sheet 21 1/4 x 28 inches. Very good condition: tissue guard attached at upper edge, faint foxing to outer edges. Publisher's blindstamp at top right. This beautifully printed image shows the floor plan, elevation and interior images of a public baths i Cairo. Plate 49 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 #52611