Pl. 42 Le Kaire: Vue de la Place Ezbekyeh; cote de l'ouest et du nord-ouest from Description de l'Egypt ou Recueil des observations qui ont été faites pendant l'expédition de l'armée française

Edme-Francois Jomard

Published by Paris, 1822
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Edme-François Jomard Published by Louis-Fleury Panckoucke Second Edition: Paris, 1822. Hand-colored copperplate engraving 26.5" x 39" While Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian military campaign was an unmitigated disaster, for the scientists, artists and historians who accompanied him it was an unqualified success. His invasion was designed to halt Great Britiain’s land trade route to India, thus striking a fatal blow to its economy and allowing Napoleon the opportunity to conquer the Indian sub-continent. As he stated in his memoirs: “Europe presents no field for glorious exploits; no great empires or revolutions are to be found, but in the East where there are six hundred million men . . . My glory is declining. This little corner of Europe is too small to supply it. We must go East. All the great men of the world have there acquired their celebrity.” He planned to be a new Alexander the Great, bringing glory to France and, more importantly, to himself. In July 1798, 400 French transport ships landed 34,000 troops and approximately 1,000 civilians near Alexandria. The former were to spend three miserable years fighting the British with only one third of them surviving the grueling conditions. Indeed, Napoleon abandoned his army only one year into the campaign to return to France and stage a coup d’etat which eventually crowned him Emperor. The civilians who had arrived with them were to fair rather better than their military compatriots. They were the scholars whose work was to eventually fill the pages of the twenty-two volume tome Description de l’Egypt which was to remain the authoritative guide to Egyptology for several decades. The Institut d’Egypte in Cairo was founded by Napoleon on August 22, 1798 and was modeled after the Institut de France. It was the umbrella for an encyclopedic number of research fields and was crucial to the organization of information in the Description de l’Egypt. These disciplines included archeology, botany, natural history and cartography and in each case required not only a retinue of scientists but also of artists who pictorially described Egypt. Their illustrations filled twelve volumes of the Description de l’Egypt comprising 925 plates in all and first published between 1809 and 1826 under the editorship of Edme-François Jomard. It was dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte and the artists employed were amongst France’s finest. The painter André Dutertre, and archaelogist and historian Dominique Vivant Denon, contributed substantially to the section on literature and the arts, while Henri-Joseph Redouté, the brother of Pierre-Joseph, devoted himself to natural history. Upon his return to Paris, Henri-Joseph was also to make botanical studies to illustrate the work of Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and Alire Raffeneau-Delile on the flora and fauna of the Nile Valley. His brother Pierre-Joseph and the famed artist Jacques Barraband had not taken part in the expedition but did provide illustrations for the Description de l’Egypt. Thus, this monumental work was the culmination of many years of study and dedication by France’s leading scientists and artists. It was a ground-breaking study for its time and remains an important milestone in the study of Egypt and its treasures. Bookseller Inventory # sf002644434m02

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Title: Pl. 42 Le Kaire: Vue de la Place Ezbekyeh; ...

Publisher: Paris

Publication Date: 1822

Binding: No Binding

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