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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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AntinoeVue et Details de la Colonne D'Alexandre Severe. Fragment D'Une Statue D'AntinoSize: 71 x 54 ..
US$195.00
Vues de Plusieurs Points de la Chaine Arabique, Vue de la Montagne des Oiseaux, et du Monastere de l..
US$125.00
Vue d'une Rue Conduisant au Port Vieux, Vue du Grand Bazar ou Marche PrincipalSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x..
US$150.00
Le Kaire (Citadelle)Vue interieure de la porte appelee Bab el GebelSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)..
US$250.00
Le KaireVue perspective de la porte appelee Bab el FoutouhSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The..
US$495.00
Le KaireVue Exterieure de la Mosquee de ToulounSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volu..
US$250.00
AlexandriePlans et Vues Interieures De Plusieurs Tours De L'Enceinte Des ArabesSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 ..
US$125.00
Le Kaire (Tombeaux)Vue perspective d'une partie de la ville des tombeauxSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 in..
US$250.00
Environs du KaireVue du port et de la Grande Mosquee de BoulaqSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date:..
US$250.00
Memphis Et Environs, AlexandrieVue Profils Et Details De La Grande Colonne Appelee Communement Colon..
US$195.00
Memphis Et Environs1 Poignet D'Un Colosse A Memphis. 2 To 7 Plan, Coupe Et Details D'Un Tombeau De M..
US$150.00
Erment (Hermonthis)Bas-reliefs de l'interieur et de l'exterieur du TempleSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 i..
US$150.00
Memphis Et Environs, HeliopolisPlan des Ruines et de L'Enceinte de la Ville, Details de L'ObelisqueS..
US$125.00
Esne (Latopolis)Face laterale de l'Interieur du PortiqueSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The f..
US$150.00
Zoologie, PolypesCatenaires. Chlidonies. GemellairesSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first..
US$150.00
Edfou (Apollinopolis Magna)Frise sculptee sous la Galerie Nord , du Petit TempleSize: 71 x 54 cm (28..
US$150.00
Memphis Et Environs, Pyramides De MemphisBas-Reliefs Sculptes dans les Tombeaux Situes a L'Est de la..
US$150.00
El kab (Elethyia)Bas-Reliefs de Plusieurs GrottesSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first vo..
US$150.00
Ile de PhilSculptures de la Galerie de l'Est, Bas- Relief du Temple de L'OuestSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 ..
US$150.00
Denderah (Tentyris)Detail de la face laterale de l'Est le portique du Grand TempleSize: 71 x 54 cm (..
US$150.00