DESCRIPTION DE L'EGYPTE,

ou recueil des observations et des recherches, qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française. Seconde édition. Dédiée au Roi. Publiée par C.L.F. Panckoucke. HISTOIRE NATURELLE, Tome Premier, ATLAS.

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Paris, C.L.F. Panckouke, 1826. Elephant-folio (70 x 53 cm.). pp. (2), with 62 splendid engraved plates. Contemporary green half morocco, spine in 7 compartments with gilt lettering.

The plates belong to the finest ever made. For example Barraband, Redouté and Bouquet for the bird plates.

The complete first volume of two of the Natural History atlas of Napoleon's famous expedition to Egypt. The present atlas comprises the following sections and number of plates: mammals 8, birds 14, reptiles 13 and fishes 27. The plates belong to the finest ever made, and the best artists and engravers of the period contributed to it. For example Barraband, Redouté and Bouquet for the bird plates. The second volume of the zoological atlas concerns insects and invertebrates. The plates of the second edition of the zoological atlas are identical to the first edition. In 1789 Berthollet by order of Napoleon visited numerous artists, scientists, etc. for a secret mission, i.e. to accompany Napoleon during his conquest of Egypt. More than 200 artists and scientists contributed to this immense work. In the domain of science the results of the expedition were of unique interest. The discovery of the Rosetta Stone for instance furnished the key to the Egyptian hieroglyphics. A fine copy of this rare atlas, with some occasional light foxing.

Nissen ZBI, 4608.