• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 195

    MARIETTE-BEY, Auguste (1821-1881). Voyage dans la Haute-Égypte. Paris and Leipzig: H. Welter, 1893.

    Price Realised  

    MARIETTE-BEY, Auguste (1821-1881). Voyage dans la Haute-Égypte. Paris and Leipzig: H. Welter, 1893.

    2 volumes, 2o (481 x 330 mm). 83 photogravure plates (some occasional minor marginal spotting, plate 38 with minor marginal repairs not affecting image). Modern green morocco gilt, spines gilt, original cover labels preserved.

    Second edition of Mariette-Bey's stunning survey of Egypt, preceded by the first edition of 1878. A French archaeologist and Egyptologist, Mariette-Bey was sent to Egypt by the Louvre in 1850 to obtain Coptic manuscripts for the museum's collections. Failing in this task, he instead led excavations at Saqqara, Giza, and Thebes and rediscovered the Serapeum. Later, as director of ancient monuments in Egypt and curator of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, he began the enormous task of conserving the antiquities of Egypt and curtailing the wide-spread exportation of cultural objects. (2)


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