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Description de l'Egypte, Napoleon

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.

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Erment (Hermonthis)Vue Du Temple Prise Au Nord-OuestSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first..
US$250.00
AntaeopolisVue Du Temple, Prise Du Cote Du Sud-OuestSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first..
US$250.00
Ile de PhilaeVue Perspective Du Temple De L'Ouest Et De Plusieurs Autres EdificesSize: 71 x 54 cm (2..
US$250.00
Isthme de Soueys et environsPlan et Nivellement Des Sources Dites De Moyse, Vue Des Sources et Des E..
US$125.00
Le KaireVue de la Mosquve de Soultan HasanSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes o..
US$250.00
Edfou (Apollinopolis Magna)Vue generaleSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of e..
US$250.00
AntaeopolisVue du Temple, Prise du Cote de L'OuestSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first v..
US$250.00
AntinoeVue Du Portique Du TheatreSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of engravi..
US$150.00
Le Kaire (Tombeaux)Vue De La Ville Des Tombeaux, Prise De La CitadelleSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inch..
US$195.00
Eryx de la Thebaide, Eryx du Delta, Vipere CerasteSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first v..
US$300.00
OmbosVue Du Grand TempleSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of engravings were ..
US$195.00
Anolis Marbre, Agame Ponctue, Agame Varioable, Gecko Lobe, Gecko AnnulaireSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 ..
US$300.00
Thebes, Byban el MoloukTableau Astronomique peint au Plafond du Tombeau des Rois a l'ouest.Size: 71 ..
US$250.00
Collectons, Costumes et portraitsLe Chaudronnier, Le ForgeronSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: ..
US$150.00
Says Ou Palefrenier, Femme du PeupleSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of engr..
US$150.00
Collectons, Costumes et portraitsL'Emier Haggy, Habitans de l'Oasis et du Mont Sinaï, Le Cheykh Sada..
US$250.00
Collections, Costumes et portraitsCostumes Militaires, Janissaire, Beys, Mamlouks, Arabes, Cheykhs, ..
US$150.00
Vue de Senhour et du Lac du Fayoum, Tombeau et Minaret a Beny-Soueyf, Minaret a BouchSize: 71 x 54 c..
US$125.00
Vases, meubles et instrumentsTentes de MamloukSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volum..
US$125.00
Thebes, Byban el Molouk Divers sieges et Fauteuils peints dans le Tombeau des Rois a L'Est.Size: 71 ..
US$150.00