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William FADEN (1749 - 1836).
MAP PRINTED ON SILK / OBJECT D’ART / ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT / NAPOLEONIC CAMPAIGN IN EGYPT: A Plan of the Operations of the British Forces in Egypt from the Landing in Aboukir Bay on the 8th of March to the Battle of Alexandria March 21st inclusive.
London, W. Faden, Geographer to His Majesty, May 28th, 1801. An exquisite ‘objet d’art’, being a unique example of William Faden’s map of the Battles of Abukir and Alexandria (1801), France’s ‘last stand’ in Egypt, printed on silk with details richly embroidered in coloured silk thread, clearly a prestation piece made for a highly important figure. Copper engraving on silk with details contemporarily heightened in embroidery of coloured silk thread, contemporarily mounted upon a linen backing, remains of old paper tags (Very Good, amazingly stellar state of preservation, silk still luminous with bright and tightly woven embroidered colours, just some very light even toning and minor fraying to stitching of linen edging), map area: 21 x 36 cm (8.5 x 14 inches); entire work: 57 x 67 cm (22.5 x 26.5 inches). This extraordinary piece is one of the most beautiful maps we have ever encountered, being a unique example of William Faden’s authoritative map of the Battles of Abukir and Alexandria (1801), which ended the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt, printed on silk, with details contemporarily embroidered with coloured silk thread. The result is a luminous, richly textured composition, that survives in a remarkably stellar state of preservation. The map embraces the great Egyptian city of Alexandria, with its ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Ports and the massive walls and fortifications and extends eastwards across the ruin-dotted landscape to take in the Abu Qir Peninsula. The purpose of the map is to showcase the dramatic denouement of the French Campaign in Egypt (1798 - 1801), whereby the all th … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Antiquariat Dasa Pahor [München, Germany]
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