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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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Memphis Et Environs, Pyramides De MemphisBas-Reliefs Et Fragment D'Hieroglyphes Sculptes Dans Les To..
US$125.00
Denderah (Tentyris)Divers Bas-Reliefs Dessines Dans L'Appartement Du Zodiaque Et Dans Les TemplesSiz..
US$125.00
Denderah (Tentyris)Costumes et bas-reliefs sculptes dans l'appartement du Zodiaque et sur les murs d..
US$150.00
Esne (Latopolis)Bas-reliefs du PortiqueSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The first volumes of e..
US$125.00
Ile de PhilaeDetails Des Chapiteaux Du Temple De L'OuestSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date: The f..
US$95.00
Basse EgypteVue d'une maison des environs de Rosette, Vue du Fort d'AbouqyrSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21..
US$125.00
Collections, Arts et metiersLa Faiseuse de Mottes a Bruler. Le ChamelierSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 in..
US$150.00
Ile de Elephantine et SyeneVue de L'Ile et des environs, Vue de Syene Vue d'un Rocher de Granit port..
US$150.00
AlexandrieTours de L'Enceinte des Arabes, Situees Pres du Port Vieux. Vues Interieures de Plusieurs ..
US$125.00
Collections, arts et metiersvVe de la roue a pots ou machine a arroserSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inch..
US$250.00
Ile De Phil1.2. Bas-Reliefs De L'Edifice Ruine De L'Ouest. 3 Sculpture Du Grand TempleSize: 71 x 54 ..
US$125.00
View Of The Birket-El-Fyl In A FloodVue de la place appellee Birket-el-Fyl, prise pendant l'inondati..
US$250.00
Le KaireVue interieure de l'une des coupes de la Maison D'Hasan KachefSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inch..
US$125.00
Basse egypteVues De Foueh Et De Trois Autres Villages Sur La Branche De RosetteSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 ..
US$150.00
AlexandrieVue du Port-Neuf prise du Rivage, Du Cote du Sud-EstSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Date:..
US$125.00
El KVue de l'Interieur de la Grotte Principal, Vue d'une ancienne carriereSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 ..
US$125.00
MinyehVue de la ville et de la chaine Arabique, prise du couchantSize: 71 x 54 cm (28 x 21 inches)Da..
US$150.00
Thebes, KarnakStatues de Granit Noir Trouvees dans L'Enceinte du sud, Vue du Colosse Place a l'entre..
US$195.00