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BRETON DE LA MARTINIÈRE (Jean Baptiste Joseph).
L'Egypte et la Syrie ou moeurs, usages, costumes et monumens des Egyptiens, des Arabes et des Syriens. Par M. Breton.
Paris.: Nepveu., 1814. 6 vol. in-16°. 84 colored plates. Contemp. morocco. First edition, beautifully bound and in period colors with heightened gold, of this book dedicated to Egypt and the Middle East. Jean Baptiste-Joseph Breton Martinière (1777-1852), performs here a particularly realistic and documented work. A major actor in court reporting in France, co-founder and manager of the Gazette des Tribunaux, he knows almost all the languages of Europe (English, German, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, Italian). He was thus the ideal man to carry out the work entrusted to him by the publisher Nepveu, a bookseller passionate about travel. Breton has produced similar works on China and Russia. For his book on Egypt and Syria, he appeals to Jean-Joseph Marcel, a student of Louis-Mathieu Langlès. Marcel, who had participated in the publication of Langlès's "La recherche asiatique", and had accompanied Napoleon to Egypt in 1798. He yielded to Breton not only information, but also unpublished drawings he had himself made during his journey and that Breton adds those of Luigi Mayer published in England. In his preface, Breton praises the success of the French in Egypt "where the French name has left such beautiful memories." The text, far superior to that of the English edition of Mayer, provides information on the customs, religions and antiquities of the region, and its tone is very anti-English. The iconography consists of 84 plates with an important ethnographic part: inhabitants of all social categories, scenes of life, crafts, objects, furniture, weapons, musical instruments and vie … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: JF Letenneur Livres Rares [France]
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