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Description de l'Egypte; ou Recueil des Observations et des Recherches, qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l'Expédition de l'Armée Française. Paris: l'Imprimerie Impiriale, 1809-1813; l'Imprimerie Royale, 1817-.
23 volumes, comprising 10 bound volumes of text, 2o and large 2o, 10 volumes of plates (format 'Jesus') and three volumes grand-format plates. (Some spotting and soiling.) Contemporary half calf gilt, mottled boards (rubbed, some spines chipped and with some losses).
THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE DESCRIPTION OF ANCIENT AND MODERN EGYPT, the outstanding achievement of Napoleon's expedition to Egypt in 1798-1801. The one flaw in Napoleon's preparations for the invasion was a miscalculaton of the Turkish reaction to France's unsolicited 'help' in sorting out its most unruly vassals, the Mamluks of Egypt. Had it not been for this, Napoleon's plan for following up military conquest by revolutionising the economy and institutions of Egypt might well have created a modern European-style state, controlled by France, at the axis of all trade between Europe, India and the East. Plans to this end involved dispatching nearly 500 civilians to Egypt, the cream of whom were about 150 men drawn from the Institut de France, and known popularly as the savants. On arrival their first task was to make a thorough survey of every aspect of the country to assist with the planning of its future shape, and this was extended to cover the antiquities. The work was co-ordinated by the l'Institut de l'Egypte, founded in the appropriated house of Hassan Kachef (illustrated in the plates to the État moderne), with Gaspar Monge as president.
Préface Historique: 1 volume text, large 2o (format Jesus).
Antiquities: 4 volumes text (2 Description, 2 Mémoires); 5 volumes plates (format 'Jesus'); 2 grand-format volumes of plates.
État Moderne: 3 volumes text; 2 volumes plates.
Histoire Naturelle: 2 volumes text; 3 volumes plates.
Cartes Géographiques et Topographiques: 1 volume of plates.
Blackmer 476; Brunet II:616-617; Gray 1999; Graesse II:365; Monglond VIII, 268-343; Nissen BBI 2234; Nissen ZBI 4608. (23)