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DENON, Dominique-Vivant.

Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Égypte, pendant les campagnes du général Bonaparte.

Stock Code
94682
Paris, Didot l'aîné, 1802
£60,000

Magnificent large format classic of Egyptology, the first major work on the subject. A superb example, very fresh and finely bound in contemporary red morocco.

Denon (1747-1825), was a diplomat and artist who had moved his way up in Parisian society, befriended King Louis XV, survived the Revolution, and attracted the attention of Napoleon. He joined the Egyptian expedition at Napoleon's invitation, even though he was not included in the Commission of Sciences and Arts. When, in December 1798, Napoleon decided to send General Belliard to join up with General Desaix in pursuit of of the Mameluke leader Murad Bey into Upper Egypt, Denon was the one artist who was allowed to go along. He made good use of his time, sketching furiously when the troops paused for brief moments.

Denon was the first artist to discover and draw the temples and ruins at Thebes, Esna, Edfu, and Philae. Until that time,

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Description

Two volumes, large folio (66.5 x 48.5 cm approx.), vi, 265, liii pp., plate volume complete with 143 engraved plates and maps, many double-page, generally showing 2 or more images, numbered to 141 (2 bis plates 20bis & 54bis, plates 4 & 5 on 1 page), original tissue guards; very occasional light toning to paper as often. Contemporary red straight-grained morocco gilt, covers with gilt border, spines in eight compartments, green morocco lettering-piece to second, others with gilt corners and centre-pieces of bird and head tools; spines lightly faded.

Bibliography

Hilmy 172; Cf. Blackmer 471 (later edition).

Stock ID:94682

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