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Monuments of Egypt: the Napoleonic Edition - the Complete Archaeological Plates from La Description De L'Egypte

Gillispie, Charles Coulston and Michael Dewachter (editor)

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ISBN 10: 0910413215 / ISBN 13: 9780910413213
Published by Princeton Architectural Press, Princeton, NJ, 1987
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Large format hardcover with dustjacket, first printing as stated on copyright page, a notable presentation copy, it is inscribed and signed by editor Gillispie to Egyptian-born author/economist Charles Issawi and his wife: "For Charles and Janina Issawi with the compliments of a Latter Day Invader - Charles Gillispie - New Year's, 1988." Charles Issawi has been referred to as "the father of the study of the modern economic history of the Middle East." This massive volume reprints all of the 421 plates contained in the original five folio albums devoted to Antiquities. This collection was assembled by Napoleon Bonaparte. "Printed between 1809 and 1822, it was the first comprehensive and systematic survey of the Egyptian legacy, and it remains the most evocative" Many folding plates, contextual introductions in English, "Note from the Publisher" tipped-in to the blank rear end-paper, separate folding map laid in at back. Book is in excellent condition with no remarkable flaws, the black jacket is heavily sunned on the spine, narrow band of sunning along the top edge of the front panel and flaps also, the jacket is clean with no other flaws and a professional (removable) mylar cover is included; Signed by Editor. Bookseller Inventory # 041223

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Title: Monuments of Egypt: the Napoleonic Edition -...

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press, Princeton, NJ

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition; 1st Printing.

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A related site of interest is the reconstruction of the Temple?Palace of Ramses III at Medinet Habu, 1175 B.C., by Mohammed Motlib?and Matiu Carr. And a Color Tour of Egypt is offered by the University of Memphis.?

?Princeton Architectural Press's Reprint Series was established in 1981 to make rare volumes on architecture available to a wider audience. The books' beautiful reproductions and finest quality printing and binding match those of the originals, while their 9-by-12-inch format makes them accessible and affordable. New introductions bring a modern voice to these classic texts, updating them to become invaluable contemporary resources. These critically acclaimed books are an essential addition to any library.


This work is itself a monument of Egypt. It consists chiefly of 419 copper engravings of Egypt's monuments made by and for Napoleon's ill-fated Egyptian campaign (1798-1801) in superb reproductions. Included are 30 color plates and 79 double plates.

In addition there is a concordance of plates, a map prepared from the larger maps made for the topographical atlas, informative notes and two fascinating, instructive essays by the editors. Gillispie, a professor of the history of science at Princeton, offers a detailed historical introduction about the invasion and its scholarly auxiliaries (150 scientists and artist of various sorts who accompanied the invading forces)... Dewachter, of the College de France, describes the Egyptian ruins that Napoleon and the auxiliaries shipped back to France...The most enduring and the most important monument to the expedition is the original masterpiece compiled by its scholars, The Description of Egypt, of which the book being reviewed may be considered about one-quarter. Magnificent. -- Frank Geitlein, Smithsonian

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