Description de l'Egypte: Book of the Dead
An original antique etching print from Napoleon's Description de l'Egypte. The image is a large elephant-size print from Folio A., Volume II, plate 75. Depicted is a highly detailed copy of an Egyptian Book of the Dead on a papyrus scroll. The print has been hand painted to match the vibrant colors of the original papyrus.
Printed in Paris, 1809.
In 1802, Napoleon ordered the Imperial Press to begin publishing the archaeological spoils of his 1798 Egyptian campaign. The meticulous drawings made by the savants that accompanied his expedition were engraved on copper plates in a work that filled ten volumes and included more than 3,000 illustrations. Most of these images had never been seen outside of Egypt before, and the Description de l'Egypte preserves in vivid detail many monuments and artifacts that are now lost.
Formerly in a New York private collection.