London: B. Crosby, 1802. [First edition]. Hardcover. This 1802 work by the French archeologist, author and diplomat Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon (1747 - 1825) is considered to be the foundational work of modern Egyptology.
Denon, a diplomat and artist, joined Napoleon's expedition to Egypt and traveled with General Desaix to Upper Egypt. He was the first artist to discover and draw the temples and ruins at Thebes, Esna, Edfu, and Philae. His illustrations first appeared in this work, titled 'Voyage dans la basse et la haute Egypte' (Journey in Lower and Upper Egypt), and published as two volumes in 1802. The work crowned his reputation both as an archaeologist and as an artist, allowing readers their first views of Luxor, Karnac, Philae, Edfu, and Dendera.
The first volume is prefixed by Kendal's 'An Historical Account of the Invasion of Egypt by the French'. 2 volumes, 8vo. Vol I: vii, lxx, 264pp. Vol II: 285pp, Appendix, Index, publisher's ad pp. 3 folding plates (of which 2 are maps), 6 leaves of plates.
Contemporary full calf binding; spines with gilt titles, paper library labels. Mild ex-lib, stamp to title page, card pockets at rear paste downs. Covers loose, but present, spines rubbed and chipped; pages evenly browned. OCLC: 1387053. Good condition. Item #23298