Veiling 351 Old & Rare Books - General History & Topography
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EGYPT -- (FOURMONT, C.L.). Description historique et geographique des plaines d'Heliopolis et de Memphis. Paris, Briasson & Duchesne, 1755. xl, 268 pp. W. a 'carte topographique vuë en perspective des plaines d'Heliopolis et de Memphis' (363 x 543 mm) and 2 fold. plans. 16°. Cont. marbled cf. (Bind. a bit worn/dam., small rep. to v° lge. fold. plate, but in all a reasonable copy).

First edition. Claude Louis Fourmont (1703-1780) went to Egypt with Lironcourt, the newly appointed French consul in Cairo; he was interpreter to the Bibliothèque du Roi. Unable to obtain adequate funds for the publication of his work he spent the rest of his life in poverty. - NBG 18, 370.


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