Pyramides De Memphis. Vue Generale des Pyramides et du Sphinx, Prise au Soleil Couchant. [Double page sheet from Description de L'Egypte.]. EGYPT - MEMPHIS - PYRAMIDES.
Pyramides De Memphis. Vue Generale des Pyramides et du Sphinx, Prise au Soleil Couchant. [Double page sheet from Description de L'Egypte.]
Pyramides De Memphis. Vue Generale des Pyramides et du Sphinx, Prise au Soleil Couchant. [Double page sheet from Description de L'Egypte.]

Pyramides De Memphis. Vue Generale des Pyramides et du Sphinx, Prise au Soleil Couchant. [Double page sheet from Description de L'Egypte.]

Balzak (artist).
Paris. Panckouke. Ca. 1820.
Copper plate engraving (uncolored) on laid paper, 16 3/4 x 34 1/4 inches on sheet 20 1/2 x 37 inches, centrefold as issued. Light foxing, age toning along fold line, bottom margin unevenly trimmed, diagonal crease to top right corner, several repaired tears to top edge (outside image area), repaired splits to fold line (one entering image by 3/8 inch); still an imposing view. This very large, finely engraved image is plate 8 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, 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. Item #54155

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