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DENON, Dominique Vivant, baron (1747--1825)
[Voyage dans la basse et la haute-Égypte. 1802]
Voyage dans la basse et la haute-Égypte, pendant les campagnes du Général Bonaparte. Par Vivant Denon.
A Paris de l'imprimerie de P. Didot l'aíné, au Palais des sciences et arts, An X. 1802.
2 vols; 63.9 cm. (1°)
I: [6], 265, [1], liii, [1] p.
II: [2] p., 141 (i.e. 142) pl.

General title-page in vol. I only; the second volume has a half-title reading 'Planches Du Voyage Dans La Basse Et La Haute Égypte'. There are 142 engraved plates numbered 1--141, with bis plates 20 and 54, and pl. 4 and 5 on one leaf. Plates 9, 24, 35, 36, 74, 79, 81, 83, 97, 101, 110, 112, and 136 each have two impressions on one leaf; plates 78, 80, 104--109, and 111 have three impressions; pl. 93 has five impressions. With pencil annotations in margins of plates giving page-references in the text volume. Pages [li]--liii contain a list of subscribers, including 'Coswai (madame de)' and 'Griffiths, littérateur' for one ordinary copy each i.e. Maria Cosway and Julius Griffiths who in 1802 were collaborating on the Gallery of the Louvre, represented by etchings (q.v.), and 'Taylord, libraire à Londres' for two papier vélin copies and 9 ordinary copies, i.e. the London bookseller Josiah Taylor from whom Soane purchased the present copy. The work was an instant success, with numerous editions and translations in the following years (1803 ed., q.v.). BAL, Early printed books, no. 841.

Copy Notes Bought from Josiah Taylor for £22 on 3 August 1802; paid on 26 September 1802. (Bolton Folder: bills from Taylor, & Priestley & Weale; SNB 50). There are occasional marks of emphasis in pencil in the margins of the text (e.g. p. 119, 141. 148. 149, 163), and several of the plates are annotated in pencil with references to the text. Soane made several pages of notes from Denon's Voyage, some dated 24 April 1807, in preparation for his first Royal Academy lecture (Soane Case 168; Archives 1/2/25, 1/43, 1/139, 1/184/1). See David Watkin, Sir John Soane: Enlightenment thought and the Royal Academy Lectures (Cambridge 1996), pp. 176-8

Binding C19th diced russia, gilt-ruled borders and spines, marbled endpapers and edges. Bound in 'russia' with 'single lines' by Peter Low for £6 12s. and 16s. for leather joints in April 1806. (Spiers Box).

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