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Title: Monuments of Egypt: the Napoleonic Edition -...
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press, Princeton, NJ
Publication Date: 1987
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition; 1st Printing.
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A related site of interest is the reconstruction of the Temple?Palace of Ramses III at Medinet Habu, 1175 B.C., by Mohammed Motlib?and Matiu Carr. And a Color Tour of Egypt is offered by the University of Memphis.?
?Princeton Architectural Press's Reprint Series was established in 1981 to make rare volumes on architecture available to a wider audience. The books' beautiful reproductions and finest quality printing and binding match those of the originals, while their 9-by-12-inch format makes them accessible and affordable. New introductions bring a modern voice to these classic texts, updating them to become invaluable contemporary resources. These critically acclaimed books are an essential addition to any library.Review:
This work is itself a monument of Egypt. It consists chiefly of 419 copper engravings of Egypt's monuments made by and for Napoleon's ill-fated Egyptian campaign (1798-1801) in superb reproductions. Included are 30 color plates and 79 double plates.
In addition there is a concordance of plates, a map prepared from the larger maps made for the topographical atlas, informative notes and two fascinating, instructive essays by the editors. Gillispie, a professor of the history of science at Princeton, offers a detailed historical introduction about the invasion and its scholarly auxiliaries (150 scientists and artist of various sorts who accompanied the invading forces)... Dewachter, of the College de France, describes the Egyptian ruins that Napoleon and the auxiliaries shipped back to France...The most enduring and the most important monument to the expedition is the original masterpiece compiled by its scholars, The Description of Egypt, of which the book being reviewed may be considered about one-quarter. Magnificent. -- Frank Geitlein, Smithsonian
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