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Book Number 2882 
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Title Description de l’Egypte ou recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont ete faites en Egypte pendant l’expedition de l’armee Francaise. 
Date 1817 
Publisher L’Imprimerie Royale 
Place of Publication Paris 
Edition 1st edition 
Volume Information  
Cover contemporary ¼ calf with cloth boards. Spine with 7 compartments of gilt tooled bands, gilt lettering on two and four. 
Illustration Incomplete with only 85 plates depicting different plants and animals. 
Size Elephant folio 
Condition The upper part of the spine is defective, light foxing and browning throughout. 
Provenance  
Pagination P. half-title, blank, title, blank, (2), plates. 
Reference  
Translation Info  
Notes Approximately 160 prominent French scholars and scientists, many drawn from the Institut de France, collaborated on the important work “Description de l’Egypte”. Collectively they comprised the Commission des Sciences et Arts d'Égypte. In February 1802 at the instigation of the French Minister of the Interior, and by decree of Napoleon, a commission was established to manage the preparation of the large amount of data for a single publication. The final work would draw data from the already-published journal La Decade, the newspaper Courier de L'Égypte, the four-volume Mémoires sur l'Égypte (an expansion of the La Decade journal, published by the French government during and after the Egyptian campaign) and an abundance of notes and illustrations from the various scholars and scientists. The publication of the first edition took over 20 years. A second edition (known as the Panckoucke edition) was published by Charles Louis Fleury Panckoucke with expanded text. 
Price (US$) 3750  
Short Description Book Plate Books General; Book Africa Egypt; Book Natural History General 
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