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44
Denon, Dominique Vivant
VOYAGE DANS LA BASSE ET LA HAUTE ÉGYPTE, PENDANT LES CAMPAGNES DU GÉNÉRAL BONAPARTE. PARIS: P. DIDOT L'AÎNÉ, 1802
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 85,250 GBP
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44
Denon, Dominique Vivant
VOYAGE DANS LA BASSE ET LA HAUTE ÉGYPTE, PENDANT LES CAMPAGNES DU GÉNÉRAL BONAPARTE. PARIS: P. DIDOT L'AÎNÉ, 1802
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 85,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Denon, Dominique Vivant
VOYAGE DANS LA BASSE ET LA HAUTE ÉGYPTE, PENDANT LES CAMPAGNES DU GÉNÉRAL BONAPARTE. PARIS: P. DIDOT L'AÎNÉ, 1802
2 volumes, large folio (652 x 493mm.), half-title, additional engraved frontispiece portrait, 142 engraved plates and maps (8 double-page), contemporary red straight-grained morocco elaborately gilt with Egyptian motifs by Bozérian (signed at foot of spines), spines gilt in compartments, gilt edges, blue silk page markers, occasional light foxing, extremities slightly rubbed
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Provenance

Henry Labouchère (1831-1912), politician and journalist, bookplate

Literature

BAL RIBA 841; cf. Blackmer 471 (second edition in 4to); Hilmy I, p.172

Catalogue Note

First edition, and a magnificent copy of Denon's magisterial description of Egypt, written during Napoleon's campaign of 1798-1801. It helped launch the Egyptian Revival style in art and interior design, and resulted in Denon being appointed director of the new Musée Napoléon (or Louvre) in 1804. Its popularity resulted in it being republished (in smaller format) and translated into several other languages within the space of a few years. The Description de l'Égypte, also based on research carried out during Napoleon's expedition, only began publication in 1809 (see lot 45).

The binding tools used by Bozérian are based on images in the plates; the roll-tooled border containing an Egyptian bust and the ankh symbol (Culot, Bozérian, roulette 17) uses a bust from plate 60, a collection of capitals from Egyptian columns, while the eagle stamps in the spine compartments are from plate 119.

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