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    Hand-Colored Plates

    M. Frédéric Cailliaud. Voyage a Méroé, au Fleuve Blanc, Au-Delà de Fâzoql dans le Midi du Royaume de Sennâr, a Syouah et dans Cinq Autres Oasis; Fait dans les Années 1819, 1820, 1821, et 1822. Paris: Par Autorisation du Roi, 1823, 1826, 1827.

    First edition. Four octavo volumes of text. xv, 429; 442; 431; 416. Twelve hand-colored plates. Also, two volumes in one folio atlas of 150 engraved plates of African scenes, maps, diagrams of archeological sites, and Egyptian art. Original front wrappers of atlas volumes bound in. Text in French.

    Later half morocco over marbled boards. Raised bands, gilt letting to spine. Decorative endpapers. Atlas volume in contemporary quarter polished morocco over marbled boards. Raised bands; leather title label with gilt lettering on spine. Marbled endpapers. Moderate foxing throughout. Slight dampstaining on the edges of several of the plates. Overall, the set is in very good condition.

    Cailliaud, a French jeweler and mineralogist had been commissioned to explore Egypt's mineral wealth. After discovering the location of a lost emerald mine known to the ancient Egyptians, Cailliaud was recruited for another excursion "to penetrate, in search of new emerald mines, as far as Nubia. In these unknown regions, he made many valuable observations in astronomy, archaeology, and natural history" (Men of the Time, New York, 1852). From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

    Gay, 2572. Ibrahim-Hilmy, I, 113. Men of the Time, 158.

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