In 1798 Napoleon launched an expedition of 35,000 soldiers to conquer Egypt. The campaign revealed the splendor of a mysterious and forgotten civilization, as Napoleon's ships also carried 160 of France's finest scholars and scientists, as well as as well as about 2000 artists and technicians, including 400 engravers. Their task was to study all aspects of Egypt, from the hieroglyphs to the fauna. Traversing a country at war under the stifling heat of Egypt, they embarked on the first major study of a land virtually unknown to Europeans. They discovered the Valley of the Kings and the Rosetta stone which enabled scholars to read hieroglyphics. It was as though they were cataloguing the world's richest museum.
They produced a series of 16 massive volumes, "Description de l’Egypte". They were the largest engravings ever produced, and were made on a specially constructed press. The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808. The beauty of engravings, and their very large formats makes Description de l'Égypte an exceptional work. The low number of copies made (~1000), its extremely high price and huge size made the work accessible only to the very elite of society. Nowadays it is likely only major state museums and libraries are in the possession of the complete work.
Here is what is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of these rare, beautiful and important antique engravings.
AntaeopolisVue Perspective Du TempleIn 1798 Napoleon launched an expedition of 35,000 soldiers to co..
Thebes, MemnoniumVue Perspective Interieure Coloriee Du Temple De L'OuestIn 1798 Napoleon launched a..
Denderah (Tentyris)Detail colorie d'une Colonne du Portique en Profil et Plans de la Colonne.In 1798..
Thebes, LouqsorDetails des Colosses Oriental et Occidental places pres de la porte du PalaisIn 1798 ..
Thebes, KarnakVue de deux Colosses situes au devant de l'un des Pylones des Propylees. Fragments de ..
Memphis et environsVue des ruines, prise du sud-estIn 1798 Napoleon launched an expedition of 35,000..
Thebes, KarnakVue D'Un Colosse Place A L'Entree De La Salle Hypostyle Du PalaisIn 1798 Napoleon laun..
Achmouneyn (Hermopolis magna)Vue Du Portique Prise du Cote du MidiIn 1798 Napoleon launched an exped..
Erment (Hermonthis)Vue Du Temple Prise Au Nord-OuestIn 1798 Napoleon launched an expedition of 35,00..
AntaeopolisVue Du Temple, Prise Du Cote Du Sud-OuestIn 1798 Napoleon launched an expedition of 35,00..
Vue Du Temple Prise A L'Ouest
In 1798 Napoleon launched an expedition of 35,..
Ile de PhilaeVue Perspective Du Temple De L'Ouest Et De Plusieurs Autres EdificesIn 1798 Napoleon la..
Le Kaire (Citadelle)Vue interieure D'Une Mosquee, Connue sous le Nom de Divan de JosephIn 1798 Napol..
Isthme de Soueys et environsPlan et Nivellement Des Sources Dites De Moyse, Vue Des Sources et Des E..
Le KaireVue de la Mosquve de Soultan HasanIn 1798 Napoleon launched an expedition of 35,000 soldiers..
Edfou (Apollinopolis Magna)Vue generaleIn 1798 Napoleon launched an expedition of 35,000 soldiers to..
Edfou (Apollinopolis Magna)
Vue perspective du petit Temple
In 1798 Napoleon launched an expedit..
AntaeopolisVue du Temple, Prise du Cote de L'OuestIn 1798 Napoleon launched an expedition of 35,000 ..
AntinoeVue Du Portique Du TheatreIn 1798 Napoleon launched an expedition of 35,000 soldiers to conqu..
Le Kaire (Tombeaux)Vue De La Ville Des Tombeaux, Prise De La CitadelleIn 1798 Napoleon launched an e..