Napoleon and the Scientific Expedition to Egypt

An exhibition of the Description de l’Egypte (1809-1828) and other rare books documenting the French Expedition to Egypt.

Image Gallery

The Image Gallery has been adapted from graphic wall panels that were used in the on-site exhibition at the Linda Hall Library.

Medinet Habu is across the Nile from Thebes, near the Valley of the Kings. In this detail of the temple interior, two French engineers can be seen at the left, one holding a portfolio of drawings under his arm. Image source: Napoleon I, (Edme-François) Jomard, and Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier. Description de l’Egypte: ou, Recueil des observations et des recherches qui ont été faites en Egypte pendant l’expédition de l’armee Française. Antiquités planches, vol. 2, A Paris: De L’Imprimerie impériale, 1809-1828, pl. 14.

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