Extremely rare and in prime condition. Located in Paris. Complete set of 11 volumes of plates, the Imperial Edition published in Paris on the orders of Napoleon I, first by the Imprimerie Impériale, between 1809 and 1813, then by the the Imprimerie Royale from 1817 to 1829. 11 volumes, elephant folio (70 x 54 cm). The set is complete with 894 plates, of which 45 are coloured (32 in the Antiquités volumes and 13 in the Histoire Naturelle volumes). First 8 volumes (5 x Antiquités, 2 x Etat Moderne, 1 x Carte topographique) in a magnificent mid-19th century full-leather binding with elaborate gilding, made in England. The last 3 volumes (Histoire Naturelle) are bound in a modern full-leather imitating the first 8 volumes "à l'identique". All volumes have the edge of pages gilded on all three sides. The plates are in fine condition, with very limited foxing on a few plates only and limited to the edge. In Etat Moderne tome II, Plates i and k have a small humidity stain on bottom right margin not affecting the drawings. Altogether in exceptionally fine condition. The set has been collated and is complete, as follows:
Volume I (Antiquités, tome I, 1809): Frontispice, Page de Titre, Explication du Frontispice, Préface Historique (pages i à xcii), Avertissement (pages 1 à 8), Explication des Planches (28 unnumbered pages on 14 leaves), carte, Planches 1 to 97 (15, 16, 18, 44 & 70 in color) + an additional Plate 79a + a Plate A after Plate 95 (there are two Plates 79a, one of which is a line drawing of the other. After Plate 95, there is a Plate A, which is a line drawing) (total: 100 plates).
Volume II (Antiquités, tome II, 1812): Explication des Planches (41 unnumbered pages on 21 leaves), Planches 1 to 92 (12, 37, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52, 58, 59, 72, 73, 74, 75, 82, 83, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92 in color).
Volume III (Antiquités, tome III, 1812): Explication des Planches (21 unnumbered pages on 11 leaves), Planches 1 to 69 (11, 12 & 34 in color).
Volume IV (Antiquités, tome IV, 1817): Avertissement, Explication des Planches (33 unnumbered pages on 17 leaves), Planches 1 to 72 (12 & 62 in color). 2 Plate marked A: one after Plate 19, one after Plate 20 (total: 74 plates).
Volume V (Antiquités, tome V, 1822): Explication des Planches (44 unnumbered pages on 21 leaves), Planches 1 to 89 (none in color).
Volume VI (Etat Moderne, Tome I, 1809): carte + planches 1 à 83 (the map on plate 26 has some red tracings delimitating the areas) (total: 84 plates). Volume VII (Etat Moderne, Tome II, 1817): planches 84 à 105 + Arts et Métiers: planches I à XXXI + Costumes et Portraits: planches A à K + Vases, Meubles et Instrumens: planches AA to NN (without JJ, never published) + Inscriptions, Monnoies et Médailles: planches a to k (without j, never published) (total: 88 plates). Volume VIII (Histoire Naturelle, tome I, 1809): Mammifères: Planches 1-7 + Mammifères Planche 1 (supplément); Oiseaux: Planches 1-14; Reptiles: Planches 1-8; Reptiles Planches 1-5 (supplément); Poissons: Planches 1-27 (total: 62 plates). Volume IX (Histoire Naturelle, tome II, 1817): Céphalopodes: Planche 1; Gastéropodes: Planches 1-3; Coquilles: Planches 1-14; Annélides: Planches 1-5; Crustacés: Planches 1-13; Arachnides: Planches 1-9; Myriapodes (et Hexapodes-Aptères): Planche 1; Orthoptères: Planches 1-7; Névropteres: Planches 1-3; Hyménoptères: Planches 1-20; Echinodermes: Planches 1-9; Zoophytes: Planches 1-3; Ascidies: Planche 1; Polypes: Planches 1-14); Algues: Planches 1-2 (total: 105 plates). Volume X (Histoire Naturelle, tome II bis, 1826): Botanique: Planches 1 to 62 (59 in color); Minéralogie: Planches 1-15 (1-5, 7-9, 12-15 in color) (total: 77 plates). Volume XI (Carte Topographique, 1828): Map of Egypt + Table + Feuille 1-5 + Feuille 1-47 (total: 54 plates).
After giving up on the planned invasion of the British Isles in 1797, Bonaparte wrote to Bourienne : "If the success of an invasion of England looks doubtful, as I fear it, the Army of England will become the Army of the Orient, and I go to Egypt". The Institut National de France had been founded in 1795 with the aim of "collecting... the discoveries, improve arts and sciences". An expedition to Egypt was proposed by Talleyrand and despite the resistance of the Directoire, the expedition of the Orient was finally constituted on April 12th, 1798. Napoleon left with 280 ships, 54,000 men and the best generals, not only his companions of the Italian campaign: Berthier, Murat, Lannes, Davout, Marmont, Duroc, but also with Kléber and Desaix. Bonaparte had a true interest in sciences: he had been elected a member of the Institut National in the section for physical sciences and mathematics. Monge, Berthollet, Fourier, Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire... altogether 150 scholars joined enthusiastically the Commission des Sciences et Arts de l’Armée d’Orient. In this commission, all branches of science were represented, thus a large scientific and artistic material was put on board of the ships in Toulon: laboratory of physics, aerostation material, chemistry cabinet, surgical instruments, as well as a printing press. While the military expedition resulted in a disaster, the results of the scientific and artistic work gave birth to the Description de l’Égypte. Published over more than 20 years mostly by the scholars and artists who had taken part in the Expédition, the Description de l'Egypte became the largest and most beautiful publication of the 19th century. Language: French. THIS SET SHIPS FROM EUROPE, SHIPPING COSTS WILL BE UPDATED ACCORDINGLY (PHM). Relevant subjects: Egypt: Travelers & Egyptologists, Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom, 3rd IP, Greco-Roman, Language, Texts & Writing, Pyramids, Tombs, Temples & Towns.
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