Lot 29: Denon' Egypt with Atlas 1819
12th February 2017
Denon, Dominique Vivant, Baron, Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Égypte, pendant les campagnes de Bonaparte, en 1798 et 1799, Londres [London], Chez Charles Taylor, et al., 1819. 2 volumes, text & atlas, with 120 (of 122) engraved plates overall. Text: xxiv, 362, 82, [v]-[viii], ccli,  pp. With 10 (of 12) plates, numbered -122 (lacking nos. 119 & 121). (4to) 36x24 cm (12x9½"). Atlas: Printed title leaf (verso blank) + list of plates in French & English on both sides of single sheet; with 110 plates & maps, some folding. (folio) 52x35 cm (20½x13¾"). Both in original cloth-backed boards, paper spine label, edges untrimmed. Rare set in the original boards of this notable and important work by the French artist, writer and archeologist who accompanied Napoleon on his campaign in Egypt, 1798-1801. First published in 1802, Denon's two-volume Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypte is considered the foundation of modern Egyptology. The present set is complete save for two plates in the quarto text volume - the folio atlas is complete with 110 finely-engraved plates. Armorial bookplate of Sir Charles Jephson in the text volume. Condition: Some rubbing and wear to bindings, corners bumped, joints cracked or cracking; contents fine or nearly so in the original boards.
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