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Egyptology. FOURMONT. Description historique et geographique des plaines d'Heliopolis et de Memphis.

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Egyptology. FOURMONT. Description historique et geographique des plaines d'Heliopolis et de Memphis.
 FOURMONT, Claude Louis. Description historique et geographique des plaines d'Heliopolis et de Memphis. Paris, Briasson & Duchesne, 1755

8vo, 140x80 mm; contemporary full vellum binding, gilt title on label on spine. Pp. XL, 268. 2 folded plates engraved on copper out text. Nice copy.

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Rare first edition. Fourmont, a French archaeologist, visited Egypt for 4 years and published this first description of the two great cities located in lower Egypt, Heliopolis and Memphis, which the author met during his stay. The author makes an accurate historical and topographic description of the two cities. Memphis was the oldest capital of Sub-Egypt, whose importance was gradually obscured with the foundation of Alexandria. Heliopolis, on the other hand, was an important religious center, where stood a temple in which Moses was supposed to have been his priest and where the "source of wisdom" was found. Our sample presents 2 plates, as present in the bibliography of Lorin: Lorin II, 2632. presente anche in Barbiere I, 907.
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