PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF A SOUTHERN COLLECTOR
[EGYPT]. -- Description de l'Égypte ou Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l'expédition de l'Armée Française... Antiquités. Paris: Panckoucke, 1820-1823.
10 volumes text, 8o (203 x 125 mm) and 5 volumes atlas 2o (674 x 503 mm). Approximately 424 engraved plates, a number double-page or folding (some light spotting). Text bound in nineteenth-century red quarter morocco; atlases in nineteenth-century half calf (some wear).
Second edition, of the first section of the Description de l'Egypte, describing and illustrating the Antiquities of Egypt. This section describes not only the ruins, with which Europeans were already familiar, but also the objects excavated there, including the Rosetta Stone. The portable objects collected were to have been removed to France but at embarkation William Hamilton (agent to Lord Elgin) and E.D. Clarke confiscated them; the majority survive today at the British Museum. The quality of the plates was much enhanced by the use of an engraving machine invented by Conté. W.B. Cook, Jr. Catalogue of the Egyptological Library ... of the the Late Charles Edwin Wilbour, Brooklyn, NY: 1924, pp.178-184; Brunet II:617; Gay 1999; Graesse II:365; Monglond VIII:268-343. Sold as a collection of plates, not subject to return. (15)