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Mémoires relatifs a l'expédition Anglaise partie du Bengale en 1800 pour aller combattre en Égypte l'armée d'orient.Paris, Imprimerie Royale (back of half-title: [Auguste] Nepveu), 1826. 8vo. With 2 folding lithographed maps, partly coloured by hand, and 19 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Contemporary red half morocco, gold-tooled spine.
[3], [1 blank], III, [1 bank], 288 pp.First edition of an illustrated account of a British campaign to Egypt, with all the plates coloured by hand, posthumously published from the memoirs of the French count Louis-Pantaléon de Noé (1728-1816). He begins to describe his journey to India on the Cuffnells. He gives a detailed description of the Indian/British army, naming the various regiments and showing its soldiers and their uniforms on the coloured plates. In 1798 Napoleon Bonaparte led a campaign to Egypt and Syria with his Armée d'Orient, hoping to conquer the area and weaken British power. After some defeats, a British force from India was despatched to Egypt in 1800, which De Noé joined. From Mumbai they sailed to the Red Sea, got ashore at Mecca, and ended up in "Kosseir", El Quseir, where they had to prepare themselves for a journey across the desert. He describes the city and the Gizeh pyramids, before continuing to Alexandria. He gives a description of the Ottomans, Bedouins, and Mamluks, all shown on the plates. The last two chapters mostly deal with the negotiations between the English and the Ottomans to impede the French.Slightly foxed and a few plates slightly browned. Binding somewhat rubbed. Overall in very good condition.l Beaucour, La découverte de l'Égypte (1997), p. 263; Collas 2208; Lipperheide 1584.
Bookseller: A. Asher & Co. B.V. [Netherlands]

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