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WILSON, Robert Thomas (1777--1849)
History of the British expedition to Egypt; to which is subjoined, a sketch of the present state of that country and its means of defence. Illustrated with maps, and a portrait of Sir Ralph Abercromby. By Robert Thomas Wilson, … The second edition.
London: printed by C. Roworth, and sold by T. Egerton, 1803.
xxi, [1], 263, [3], 263--271, [1], 275--387, [1] p., engr. frontis. port., [3] engr. hand-col. maps (2 fold.), [2] fold. letterpress tables ; 26.7 cm. (4º)

First published in 1802. The author was Lieutenant Colonel of Cavalry in His Majesty's Service and Knight of the Imperial Military Order of Maria Theresa. He took part in many of the Napoleonic campaigns and later served as governor of Gibraltar. This work is the basic contemporary source for the British campaign against Napoleon in Egypt; Soane also owned a copy of the octavo "fourth edition", 1803 (q.v.). The portrait is engraved by Henry Meyer from an original by John Hoppner. The maps are hand-coloured. The pagination is irregular: an unnumbered leaf of 'Contents Of The Appendix' is inserted between 2L4 and 2M1, with leaves 2L4 and 2M1 both numbered as p. 263 on the recto. The two folded inserted letterpress tables, outside the register, are numbered p. 273 and p. 308*.

Copy Notes A copy was bought from Joseph Bell, 20 October 1803. (Archive 7/4/28). Another copy was acquired at Christie's sale, 23 March 1813 (q.v.) for 16s., lot 76, with Rowland's Mona antiqua restaurata, 1766 (q.v.).

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spine, black morocco spine-label reads 'Wilson's Egypt'.

Reference Number 255


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