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Sonnini, C. S.
Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt: Undertaken by Order of the Old Government of France
Printed for J. Debrett, London, 1800. Quarto. xl, 730, (14)pp. Index and one page errata with publisher's advertisement of verso, 27 plates, 1 folding map. Rebound in modern brown leather over marbled boards, with gilt lettering on red leather label of spine and gilt ruling. Frontispiece engraving. First quarto edition illustrated by 27 engravings, plus frontispiece, consisting of portraits, view, plans, antiquities, plants, animals, etc., drawn on the spot, under the author's inspection. The engraved map of Egypt by Danville, listed as plate xxvii, is bound in following the table of content at front, with 27 engraved plates at rear. Translated from the French with translator's and author's prefaces. Sonnini was a French naturalist known for his 127 volumes "Histoire naturelle." Intending to collect rare Egyptian birds he set out with Baron de Tott's expedition in 1777. On arrival in Alexandria he found orders to explore Egypt from Louis XVI awaiting him. Contains four tables with meteorological observations made at Rosetta during November 1777, December 1777, and February 1778, plus one table with observations made at Cairo during August 1777. Binding with minor wear along edges. Map with 2 1/2" closed tear not affecting map itself, and some light creasing at edges. Plates with browning along edges, not affecting images. Binding in very good+, interior in overall very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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