CAILLIAUD, Frdric (b.1787). Voyage l'oasis de Thbes et dans les dserts situs l'orient et l'occident de la Thbade. Paris: 1821, 1862.
2 volumes, 2 (480 x 315 and 550 x 345mm). Half-titles, 45 engraved numbered plates, of which 11 are coloured, and 4 are double-page, engraved by Bigant, Blondeau, Berthault, Reville, Ransonnelle, Sellier, Allais, Tranblay and Smith, and others. UNCUT. (Spotting, some browning in vol. I, short repaired marginal tear in one plate, marginal tear in 3 double-page plates at fold.) Vol. I: red roan-backed boards, spine gilt in compartments; vol. II: loose with original printed front wrapper in later dark tan morocco slipcase.
FIRST EDITION. The work was issued in two parts, each containing 25 plates (double-page plates counting as 2) and text, intended to form two folio volumes, one of text and one of plates. It was available in 3 formats: normal folio, 'jesus' folio with plates before letters, and with plates in 'grand-jesus' folio before letters. Cailliaud travelled to the Levant in 1815-1818. In Egypt he searched for emerald mines for Mehmet Ali, and explored the oasis of Kargeh, where he 'found temples mentioned neither by Poncet nor Browne' (Blackmer). Cailliaud's collection of antiquities, acquired on the journey, was purchased by the French state in 1819 and entrusted to Jomard as keeper of the geographical collection in the Imperial Library, who published the Voyage based on Cailliaud's journal and notes. Blackmer 269; Brunet I, 1465. (2)