Lot 131
  • 131

Description de l'Égypte

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160,000 - 200,000 GBP
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320,750 GBP
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Description

  • Description de l'Égypte, ou recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Égypte pendant l'expédition de l'armée française, publié par les orders de Sa Majesté l'Empereur Napoléon le Grand. <em>Paris: Imprimerie Impériale [Royale], 1809-1822 (with additional material up to c.1838)</em>
FIRST EDITION, bound in 33 volumes, various folio sizes, 927 engraved plates, 62 coloured, PROFUSELY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with additional volumes containing c.246 hand-written biographies, c.170 autograph letters, signed letters and documents, c.190 portraits, 36 medals and an additional volume by Gau, uniformly bound in contemporary half calf, spines gilt with red morocco labels, skilful restoration to bindings

A UNIQUE COPY OF NAPOLEON'S MONUMENTAL UNDERTAKING, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED AND EXPANDED WITH SIX VOLUMES OF ADDITIONAL MATERIAL, INCLUDING AUTOGRAPH AND SIGNED LETTERS, DOCUMENTS, FRENCH AND ENGLISH MEDALS, HISTORICAL PORTRAITS, AND MANUSCRIPT BIOGRAPHIES. THE WHOLE ASSEMBLED BY THE DISTINGUISHED FRENCH VETERINARY SURGEON AND BIBLIOPHILE JEAN-BAPTISTE HUZARD (1755-1838), AND WITH ADDITIONAL TITLES AND LEAVES PRINTED BY HIS WIFE WHO WAS A PUBLISHER AND PRINTER.



The set comprises:



12 TEXT VOLUMES, (numbered 1-12 on spines), folio (395 x 250mm.), 1809-1822, 35 engraved plates



11 ATLAS VOLUMES, ELEPHANT FOLIO (705 x 520mm.), comprising:



Introduction, one volume (numbered 1 on spine), letterpress
ANTIQUITÉS, 5 volumes (numbered 2-6), 1809-1822, engraved frontispiece and 424 engraved plates, including 30 coloured by hand or printed in colour (99 in double-elephant folio vol. - see below)
ETAT MODERNE, 2 volumes (numbered 7-8), 1809-1817, 170 engraved plates (including 12 in double-elephant folio vol. - see below)
HISTOIRE NATURELLE, 3 volumes (numbered 9-11), 1809-1817, 244 engraved plates, 32 coloured by hand, including 14 ornithological plates



4 ATLAS VOLUMES, DOUBLE ELEPHANT FOLIO (3 vol. 1100 x 6800mm.; 1 vol. 1300 x 785mm), comprising:



ANTIQUITÉS AND ETAT MODERNE, 3 volumes (numbered 1-3), containing the outsize plates from these sections (Antiquités 99 plates; Etat moderne 12 plates)
CARTE TOPOGRAPHIQUE DE L'ÉGYPTE, one volume (numbered 4), 53 engraved plates and maps on 49 sheets, including title



for a fuller description, including extra-illustrations bound in these volumes, see online at sothebys.com



EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH:



"Lettre des membres du divan du Kaire au Général Bonaparte", Paris, an XI, 20pp., French and Arabic text, printed on blue paper in red and black, bound at end of text vol.4



6 ADDITIONAL VOLUMES, 5 uniform in size and binding with the text, 1 uniform with plates, comprising:



("Médailles - volume 13" on spine), one volume with 36 medals commemorating the expedition in Egypt and the scientific, political and military figures of the time, including Napoleon, Nelson, Desaix, Kléber, Denon, Abercrombie, etc., housed in 4 recessed trays within the vol., a few missing



("Pièces Iere Pie, Mélanges - volume 14 "), one volume with title dated 1833, containing a printed catalogue description of this copy in 1842, additional maps by Ortelius and others, printed articles (and manuscript copies), additional plates, 62pp. manuscript "Rapport fait au gouvernement français des évenemens qui se sont passis en Egytpe...", addressed to "Citoyens Consuls", etc.



("Pièces IIeme Pie, Biographie A[-Z] - volume 15-17"), 3 volumes, titled "Notices biographiques sur les généraux, administrateurs, savans, litterateurs, artistes, employés, etc., qui ont concouru par leurs talens... a l'Expedition et a la Description de l'Egypte. 1838", with c.246 MANUSCRIPT BIOGRAPHIES, MANY ACCOMPANIED BY PORTRAITS AND AUTOGRAPH LETTERS, SIGNED DOCUMENTS, ETC., including examples signed by Napoleon, Abercrombie, Andréossy, Berthier, Berthollet, Conté, Denon, Desaix, Desgenettes, Dolomieu, Fourier, Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Girard, Jomard, Junot, Kléber, Larrey, Louis XVIII, Marmont, Menou, Monge, Murat, Admiral Nelson and Talleyrand (see select list below).



Gau, F.C. Antiquitiés de la Nubie... ouvrage faisant suite au grand ouvrage de la Commission d'Egypte. Stuttgart: Cotta, and Paris, Firmin Didot, 1822, 78 engraved plates (numbered 1-64, and 1-14), 5 hand-coloured, engraved vignettes, bound uniform in size and binding with plates, elephant folio

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