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The engravings made for Napoléon about his expedition to Egypt are some of the magnificent ever made.
In 1798 Napoleon launched an expedition to sieze Egypt. It included some of Frances finest. It had 35,000 soldiers, 160 scholars, 2000 artists and 400 engravers. Celebrated artists such as Jacques Barraband, Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Geoffrey Saint-Hilaire were involved.
Their task was to record all aspects of Egypt. This included places, ancient monuments and the flora and fauna. It was the first major study of a land almost unknown to Europeans. They discovered the Valley of the Kings. They found the Rosetta stone, which enabled scholars to decode hieroglyphics.
They created 16 volumes of massive engravings, titled "Description de l’Egypte". They were the largest engravings ever made. The first volumes were presented to Napoleon in 1808. The low number of sets made (~1000), its extremely high price and huge size made the work accessible only to society's elite. Even today, it's likely only major state museums and libraries own complete sets. In 2016, Sothebys of London sold a set for GBP 320,750 (US $442,000).
We were very fortunate to aquire an almost complete set. We seized our opportunity when the art market stalled due to the financial crisis of 2008.
Here is your opportunity to own one of these rare, beautiful and important antique engravings.

Crocodile vulgair, Stellion Spinipede, Stellion des AnciensSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent with some scattered foxing.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest e..
US$1,500.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Thebes, Karnak Vue Et Details Des Beliers De L'avenue Du Grand Temple Du Sud Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the larg..
US$250.00
Thebes, Byban el MoloukTableau Astronomique peint au Plafond du Tombeau des Rois a l'ouest.Size: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Thebes, Karnak Vue Et Details Des Sphinx De L'avenue Des Propylees Du Palais Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the larg..
US$350.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Environs d'Esne (Latopolis) 1 Vue D'un Temple A Contralato. 2 Vue Du Temple Au Nord D'esne Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which cont..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Ile de Philae Vue Generale Prise Du Cote Du Nord-Est Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Good. Some foxing dots and age toning.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ..
US$250.00
View of the Lower Temple at Esne
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71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Environs d'Esne (Contralto) Vue Perspective D'un Temple A Contralato Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Good. Some foxing dots and age toning.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the lar..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Thebes, Karnak Vue Des Propylees Prise Du Sud Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever made. In 17..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Thebes, Karnak Coupe, Detail Et Bas-Reliefs Interieurs De La Porte Du Sud Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Thebes, Medynet-Abou Bas-Relief Sculpte Sur La Face Exterieure Du Palais Exposee Au Nord. Bas-Relief De La Galerie-Sud Du Peristyle Du Palais. Fragmens Trouves Sous Le Premier Pylone Propylees Du Temple Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Echinodermes Ophiures Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever made. In 1798 Napoleon co..
US$395.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Crustaces Hermites. Ecrevisses Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever made. In 1798 Na..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Coquilles Tridacnes. Petoncles. Arches Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever made. In..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Zoophytes Eponges Charnues. Eponges A Piquans Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever m..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Polypes Isaures Libres. Isaures Fixees. Nephthees Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ev..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Polypes Madrepores Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever made. In 1798 Napoleon commi..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Algues Hydrophytes Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever made. In 1798 Napoleon commi..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Coquilles Moules. Avicules Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever made. In 1798 Napole..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Algues Hydrophytes Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever made. In 1798 Napoleon commi..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Gasteropodes Tritonies. Aplysies. Onchidies Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever mad..
US$150.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Polypes Polypes. Flustres Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever made. In 1798 Napoleo..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Polypes Actinies. Polypes Tubiferes Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever made. In 17..
US$250.00
71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches).Zoologie, Polypes Madrepores Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever made. In 1798 Napoleon commi..
US$250.00
Denderah (Tentyris)Detail colorie d'une Colonne du Portique en Profil et Plans de la Colonne.Size: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.Hathor was a major goddess in ancient Egypt. She was the moth..
US$300.00
Thebes, LouqsorDetails des Colosses Oriental et Occidental places pres de la porte du PalaisSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" whic..
US$195.00
Thebes, KarnakVue de deux Colosses situes au devant de l'un des Pylones des Propylees. Fragments de Colosses trouves dans l'enceinte du SudSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning e..
US$350.00
Memphis et environsVue des ruines, prise du sud-estSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever m..
US$750.00
View of the temple from the North-east
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Erment (Hermonthis)Vue Du Temple Prise Au Nord-OuestSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever ..
US$250.00
View of a temple from the South West
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AntaeopolisVue Du Temple, Prise Du Cote Du Sud-OuestSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808.Condition: Excellent. A few foxing dots.This stunning engraving is from "Description de l'Egypte" which contained the largest engravings ever ..
US$250.00
Isthme de Soueys et environsPlan et Nivellement Des Sources Dites De Moyse, Vue Des Sources et Des Environs.Plan and level of the Springs of Moses, seen from the sources and surroundings. Moses Springs is where the prophet Moses is believed to have, upon the command of God, thrown a unique tree into..
US$125.00
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