• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 188

    DENON, Dominique Vivant, Baron. Egypt, a Series of One Hundred and Ten Engravings... Selected from the Celebrated Work Detailing the Expedition of the French by Baron Vivant Denon. London: Charles Taylor, 1818.

    Price Realised  

    DENON, Dominique Vivant, Baron. Egypt, a Series of One Hundred and Ten Engravings... Selected from the Celebrated Work Detailing the Expedition of the French by Baron Vivant Denon. London: Charles Taylor, 1818.

    2o (495 x 340 mm). Text in double columns in French and English. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Denon, 109 engraved plates (9 folding, one double-page), and one folding engraved map of Egypt (plate 30 misbound, some occasional spotting). (Some minor offsetting from plates onto text leaves.) Modern half calf, marbled boards, spine gilt with two morocco lettering-pieces.

    Later edition, illustrating numerous views of the Egyptian landscape. At the end of the 18th-century, France was defeated by the British Empire in its efforts to take control of Eygpt. As a result, Napoleon shrewdly turned his attention to making scientific and artistic conquests and ordered his Commission des Sciences et des Arts to explore the country. Denon was one of 20 scholars who accompanied the French forces, meticulously recording and drawing the landscape, ancient ruins, and antiquities discovered by the expedition.


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