Description de l’Égypte. Extraits des procès-verbaux des Séances de la Commission chargée de l’exécution de l’ouvrage de l’Egypte. Tome I. 17 pluviôse an X (6 février 1802) – 1 août 1808
Date1802-02-06 to 1808-08-01
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DescriptionThe Description de l'Égypte, fruit of the scientific, literary, and cultural work of the scholars and experts who travelled with Napoleon to Egypt in 1798, was published in installments (livraisons) between 1809 and 1829. It was a collaborative work directed by a permanent commission of eight members, among whom were Claude Berthollet (1748-1822), Louis Costaz (1767-1842), Joseph Fourier (1768-1830), Gaspard Monge (1746-1818), and Edme-François Jomard (1777-1862). This volume contains detailed extracts from the meetings of the “Commission charged with directing the work on Egypt” (commonly referred to as the Commission d’Egypte) from its formation in February 1802 up to August 1808. Recounting materials submitted, reports made, and decisions taken, the minutes provide a fascinating insight into the compilation and edition of the most significant bodies of work in early nineteenth-century European Orientalism.
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