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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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Collection D'AntiquesFigure en Pate de Porcelaine, en Bois Peint, en Basalte, Bas-Relief en Pierre..
US$150.00
Thebes, Medynet-AbouBas-reliefs sculptes sur les murs du palaisSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date..
US$125.00
Environs du KaireVue du vieux Kaire, Vue d'un santon ou tombeau de cheykh et de l'aqueduc de la cita..
US$150.00
Thebes, MemnoniumBas-reliefs du temple de l'ouest et d'une grotte voisineSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 i..
US$125.00
Thebes, Byban El MoloukBas-reliefs sculpt?s et peints dans les,tombeaux des rois a l'ouestSize: 71 x..
US$125.00
Thebes, Byban El MoloukPeintures du tombeaux, des rois a l'est. Bas-relief de l'entr?e du m?me tomb..
US$125.00
Denderah (tentyris)Detail de la frise de la fa?ade du portique du grand templeSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x..
US$125.00
Thebes, KarnakVues d'un bloc en grant orne de six figures, trouve pres de la Galerie du PalaisSize: ..
US$250.00
Basse EgypteVues de beny-salameh et d'un puits sur la branche de rosette, vue d'omm-dynar prise du c..
US$125.00
Bas-relief and paintings from various hypogeaVue D'Une Ancienne Carriere Appellee Establ Antar, Bas-..
US$150.00
View of the second Pylon (scattered foxing)Vue Perspective du Second Pylone et de La Cour Qui le Pre..
US$150.00
Vues Perspectives Interieures D'Une Maison ParticuliereSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The fi..
US$125.00
Soldiers in a camel train and map of the area around Lake NatrounVue d'el Rahaouy, Pres Omm-Dynar, P..
US$125.00
Views of the monasteries of St. Macaire and Anba-BichayPlan et Vue du Monastere St. Macaire, Anba-Bi..
US$125.00
Pour la carte topographique de l'EgypteSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of e..
US$250.00
Felucca's in the Nile Delta with Palm treesVue de la Colline appellee Tell Abou Menna Et De Kafr El ..
US$195.00
View of the Mountain and Villa on the south east coast (scattered foxing)Vue de la Montagne Et Des H..
US$150.00
View of the temple from the south eastVue du Temple Prise Au Sud-OuestSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inch..
US$195.00
Map of the desert adjacent to the Red SeaCarte d'une partie des Deserts situes entre Syout et La Mer..
US$195.00
Egypte moyeneVue d'un Village sur lases en Terre Cuite, Trouves a Thebes, Elephantine, Alexandrie, D..
US$150.00