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Description de l'Égypte
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Description de l'Égypte, ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française.

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Alternative: Description de l'Égypte

Alternative: Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française

Alternative: Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l'éxpédition de l'armée française

By

France. Commission des sciences et arts d'Egypte.

Blondeau, Alexandre. , engraver.
Fourier, Jean Baptiste Joseph, baron, 1768-1830
Jacotin, Pierre, 1765-1827
Jollois, Jean Baptiste Prosper, 1776-1842
Jomard, Edme-François, 1777-1862
Monge, Gaspard, 1746-1818
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
Tresca, Salvadore, 1750?-1815 , engraver
Villoteau, Guillaume André, 1759-1839
France. Armée. Armée d'Orient (1798-1801)
France. Commission des sciences et arts d'Egypte.
Institut d'Egypte (1798-1801)

Type

Book

Material

Published material

Publication info

Paris,Imprimerie impériale,1809-28.

Notes

Edited by E.F. Jomard; historical preface by J.B.J. Fourier. cf. Brit. Mus. Cat. under Egypt.

For collation of the work see London institution, Library, A bibl. account and a collation of La description de l'Égypte, London, 1833.

Contents: Antiquitiés: Descriptions, 1809-18, 2 v.; Mémoires, 1809-18, 2 v.; Planches, 1809-22, 5 v. État moderne, 1809-22, 2 v. in 3; Planches, 1809-17, 2 v.--Histoire naturelle, 1809-12, 2 v. in 3; Planches, 1809-17, 2 v.--Histoire naturelle, 1809-12, 2 v.; Planches, 1809-[ca.26], 2 v. in 3. (Vol. II, pt. 2 has no t.-p.)--Carte topographique. [1818]--Préface et explication des planches (Uniform with the volumes of plates; binder's title only)

Edited by E.F. Jomard; historical preface by J.B.J. Fourier--Cf. Brit. Mus. Cat. under Egypt.

Vols. published 1817-1828, have imprint: de l'Imprimerie Royale.

Four versions of the first edition were issued: one with a single colored plate; one with sixteen colored plates; one on "papier velin"; and one on "papier velin", "wherein were inserted the earliest impressions of the plates, and those printed in colours were retouched by the pencil. The latter copies for the most part were presented as national gifts."--Cf. London Institution, p. 19.

Illustrated with engravings, etchings, col. aquatints; some plates are folded, some hand-colored.

The principal artist of the "Carte topographique" was Blondeau, assisted by eighteen others.

"Mémoire sur la construction de la carte de l'Égypte" by Pierre Jacotin (État moderne [text], v. 2, pt. 2).

"De l'état actuel de l'art musical en Égypte" by Guillaume André Villoteau (État moderne [text], v. 1, p. 607-846); "Description historique, technique et littéraire, des instrumens de musique des Orientaux" (v. 1, p. 847-1012).

"Préface historique" by M. Fourier is the same size as the ten vols. of ordinary plates--Cf. London Institution.

Histoire naturelle, v. 2 (bis), issued without a title page. Histoire topographique has own title page.

The text was issued in livraisons as 11 v. (including the plate-sized Préface historique. Explication des planches); the plates in 10 v. in several formats (71 x 54 cm., 107 x 69 cm., 127 x 70 cm.) totaling 894 plates, with 36 additional prepared to be bound into the text v. The Carte topographique is in the "grand monde" or large format.

Contents: Text: Antiquités-Descriptions (2 v.) -- Antiquités-Mémoires (2 v.) -- État moderne (2 v. in 3) -- Histoire naturelle (2 v.) -- Préface historique. Plates: Carte topographique de l'Égypte -- Antiquités -- État moderne -- Histoire naturelle (2 v.).

BM (Nat. Hist.), | v. 2, p. 606-7

The first comprehensive description of ancient and modern Egypt, compiled by the 165 members of the Institut de l'Égypte established by Napoleon to accompany his expedition to Egypt in 1798-1801. This exhaustive survey of all aspects of ancient and modern life in Egypt was carried out under the supervision of the mathematician Gaspard Monge, the appointed President of the new Institute (of which Napoleon was Vice-President).

In French with transcriptions in Greek, Latin, and Arabic.

Subjects

Egypt , Music , Natural history , Pictorial works , Scientific Expeditions

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Savants of Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign

Call Number

DT46 .F8

Language

French

Identifiers

LCCN: 05002318
LCCN: 05002318 //r
OCLC: 2760413

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5962/bhl.title.62506

 

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