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Egyptology. NEEDHAM. De inscriptione quadam Aegyptiaca Taurini inventa.

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Egyptology. NEEDHAM. De inscriptione quadam Aegyptiaca Taurini inventa.
 NEEDHAM, John Turberville. De inscriptione quadam Aegyptiaca Taurini inventa. Romae, Ex Typographia Palladis: typis Nicolai, et Marci Palearini, 1761

8vo, 181x120 mm; contemporary full vellum binding, gilt title on label on spine. Pp. 69, [3]. Woodcut vignette oon titlepage depicting the Pantheonwithin oval. 1 folded plate engraved on copper o.t. in the end of volume. Dedication of l. A2 within woodcut frame to duke Vittorio Amedeo III of Savoia. Name of author in the end of dedication. Woodcut headpiece and initial letter on l. A3. Slight foxing on a fwew pages. Nice copy.

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First edition. Curious work that illustrates a fascinating story in the history of Egyptology. Needham, a British priest and biologist, hypothesized the similarity of Chinese writing to Egyptian hieroglyphs. The supposed theory produced a great feeling among European antique dealers. His theory was disproved by Johan Joachim Winckelmann and Joseph de Guignes. The book illustrates a very ambitious Kunstkammer's idea that connects both Chinese and Egyptian culture. The marvelous engraving in the plate reproducing an "ancient" Egyptian black marble bust of the goddess Isis with Chinese characters, was in fact a false artifact housed in the museum of Turin, France.
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