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Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt

Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt
In Company with Several Divisions of the French Army, during the Campaigns of General Bonaparte in that Country

  • Date Published: April 2015
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108080255

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  • Napoleon's military expedition to Egypt in 1798 famously included various scientists and savants, among whom was the author of this three-volume work, published in French in 1802 and in English in 1803. Vivant Denon (1747–1825) was a dilettante and diplomat under the Ancien Régime, but survived the Revolution thanks to the patronage of the painter David, and met Napoleon through the salon of Josephine de Beauharnais. He accompanied the army, excavating and sketching, sometimes even during battles. The publication of this lively, illustrated account is regarded as the chief stimulus for the so-called 'Egyptian Revival' style of architecture, interior design and even costume. The work is dedicated to Napoleon, and the translator, Arthur Aikin, remarks in his 'Advertisement', that 'It is presumed that an account, by an eye-witness, of the romantic but unprovoked invasion of Egypt by General Bonaparte, will not be uninteresting to the British Public.'

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108080255
    • length: 1238 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 73 mm
    • weight: 1.61kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. The author embarks at Toulon
    2. Arrival of the fleet at Malta - attack on the town and capitulation
    3. Storming of Alexandria
    4. March from Alexandria to the interior of the country
    5. The British fleet descried, and naval battle of Aboukir
    6. Anniversary feast on the birth of Mahomet
    7. The author enters the Delta
    8. Voyage from Rosetta up the Nile to Cairo
    9. Mummies of the ibis in the vaults of Saccara, and conjectures concerning that bird
    10. Desaix returns to Cairo for reinforcements. Volume 2:
    11. Town of Siut or Lycopolis
    12. Astonishing effect of the first approach to Thebes
    13. Approach to Syene
    14. Attack on Philoe and expulsion of the inhabitants
    15. Arrival at Hermontis
    16. Ruins of Kous and in the neighbourhood
    17. Quit Etsu and arrive at Esneh
    18. Present state of Copthos. Volume 3:
    19. Arab council
    20. Balasse, and the porous earthen vessels manufactured there
    21. Embark at Keneh for Cairo
    Explanation of the plates
    List of plates

  • Author

    Vivant Denon


    Arthur Aikin

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