Paris: Firmin Didot Frères; Benjamin Duprat, 1833; 1841. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8 3/4 x 6"). xv, , 472pp (Lettres écrites d'Egypte et de Nubie en 1828 et 1829); , 148pp (Relation d'un Voyage dans l'Yémen, entrepris en 1837 pour le Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris). Uncut. Later 3/4 crushed morocco over marbled paper covered boards, with gold tooling and lettering to spine. Raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Ribbon marker. Top edge gilt.
Illustrated with six plates, including two folded, "Lettres écrites d'Egypte et de Nubie en 1828 et 1829" is a collection of 31 letters written by Jean-François Champollion (1790-1832), the decipherer of Egyptian hieroglyphs and a founding figure in the field of Egyptology.
The letters were written during his last expedition to Egypt in 1828 and 1829, where he was able to read many hieroglyphic texts that had never before been studied, and brought home a large body of new drawings of hieroglyphic inscriptions.
This first edition was published a year after the death of the author.
Paul Émile Botta's "Relation d'un Voyage dans l'Yémen, entrepris en 1837 pour le Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris" is a relation of the author's 1837 expedition to Yemen where he was sent to collect plants on behalf of the Paris Natural History Museum.
Paul Émile Botta (1802-1870) was an Italian-born French scientist who served as Consul in Mosul (then in the Ottoman Empire, now in Iraq) from 1842, and who discovered the ruins of the ancient Assyrian capital of Dur-Sharrukin.
Minor to moderate sporadic rubbing to binding. Slight abrasion to marbled paper on front cover. Ex-library copy with bookplate on inside of front cover, printed notice on inside of back cover, and stamp at upper and lower paper edges. Text in French. Binding in overall good, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #43736