Gratien LePere at St. Genis (del). E. Collin (sculpt).
Paris. Panckouke. No date. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), image approximately 24 x 17 inches on sheet size 28 x 21 1/2 inches. Very good condition: tissue guard attached at left edge, light foxing to left and lower margins. Publisher's blindstamp at top right. A beautiful engraved map of the Port of Suez and environs, with small profiles of "the planned canal between the two seas." This very large, finely engraved image is plate 11 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, 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 #52617