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NORDEN, Frederic Louis.

Voyage d'Egypte et de Nubie.

Stock Code
91857
Copenhagen, De l'imprimerie de la maison royale des orphelins, 1755
£12,500

The rare first edition, only 200 copies published.

This important work was the earliest attempt at an elaborate description of Egypt, and its plates are the most significant previous to those by Denon. The author, an associate of the Academy of Drawing of Florence, was commanded by Christian VI to make a journey of exploration in Egypt. His travels started in 1738 at Alexandria and then to Cairo where he was delayed by illness. Eventually he journeyed up the Nile to Girgeh and Assouan (Syene) overcoming many hazards and difficulties. He was the first European to penetrate as far as Derr in Nubia and to publish descriptions of any Nubian temples.

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Description

Two volumes, folio (46 x 32 cm), engraved frontispiece, portrait, 159 folding engraved plates and maps, engravings in the text, contemporary panelled calf gilt, spines in 8 compartments, morocco labels to second and third, others richly gilt, raised bands, minor repairs to joints, an excellent set.

Bibliography

Brunet IV, 101; cf. Blackmer 1211 (English edition, 1757).

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