Report of the Committee appointed by the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania to Translate the Inscription on the Rosetta Stone
Report of the Committee appointed by the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania to Translate the Inscription on the Rosetta Stone
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Report of the Committee appointed by the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania to Translate the Inscription on the Rosetta Stone

HALE, JONES, AND MORTON, 1858

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Report of the Committee appointed by the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania to Translate the Inscription on the Rosetta Stone
Hale, Jones, and Morton, 1858
[HALE, Charles Reuben (1837-1900), JONES, Samuel Huntington (1837-1894), and MORTON, Henry (1836-1902)]. Report of the Committee appointed by the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania to Translate the Inscription on the Rosetta Stone. [Philadelphia: L. N. Rosenthal,] 1858.
 
First edition of the first complete English translation of the Rosetta Stone, and one of the few American books to be entirely printed by lithograph. Three undergraduate members of the Philomathean society undertook a translation of the famous document, and producing not only a monumental piece of scholarship, but "a notable display of chromolithographic book illustration by the Philadelphia lithographer Louis Rosenthal. The entire book was lithographed, presumably to better accommodate the hieroglyphs, but Rosenthal went far beyond necessity. He created hundreds of crude but exuberant chromolithographs intermingled with the text, showing scenes from Egyptian life or elaborate borders in quasi-Egyptian motifs" (Stamped with a National Character 91). Bennett p. 93.
 
Octavo (224 x 184mm). 153 chromolithographed pages with irregular pagination (some light toning and offsetting, some small edge tears occasionally touching printed area). Contemporary printed boards (rebacked preserving most of original printed spine panel, some areas of restoration). Cloth box.

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