Jollois et Devilliers (del). Berthault (sculpt).
Paris. Panckouke. No date. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored), image approximately 15 x 21 inches on sheet size 21 x 2 1/2 inches. Very good condition: light scattered foxing to outer margins. Publisher's blindstamp at top right. The map shows the walls of the ancient city of Ombos with location of the large and small temples. This very large, finely engraved image is plate 39 from Volume I 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, 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 #52634