Paris: Treuttel et Würtz, 1824. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (9 1/4 x 6"). XVI, 410pp. Modern half black morocco over marbled paper covered boards. Raised bands. Ribbon marker. Marbled endpapers. Engraved title vignette.
First Edition of Champollion's celebrated compendium of the hieroglyphic system, a foundational text of modern Egyptology.
In this remarkable work the author describes, step by step, with numerous examples and details, the method he followed to discover and document the three aspects of hieroglyphics: the phonogram images, the figurative representations, and the symbolic representations. These three types of characters, used together, have been the source of so many confusions in the previous attempts to achieve their decoding.
Once his description is completed, Champollion compares his method to the one which was described by Clement of Alexandria in his "Stromata."
This work is complete with its 16 full-page plates, including many folded.
Binding slightly rubbed along joints. Ex-library bookplate on inside of front cover. Half-title age-toned. Sporadic foxing / age-toning throughout. Text in French. Binding in overall good+, interior in good to very good condition. g to vg. Item #42656