Seller: fernand (1,563) 100%, Location: Atlanta, Georgia, Ships to: US, Item: 323636709656 Offered is a very large, antique hand-colored engraving from The Monuments of Egypt and Nubia by Ippolito Rosellini, circa 1832-1844. This is Plate No. LIX, Bas-relief of Tomb of Menphtah (Seti I) depicting Pharaoh, led by god Horus, in presence of Osiris and Hathor. This spectacular engraved plate measures about 25 1/2" H x 20 1/4" W. This is the original, meticulously hand-painted with watercolor in great detail. Please enlarge the pictures to see it closely. As you see, it is in very good condition. There are a few scattered spots in the margins, and some evidence of handling over the centuries. There are two spots of hinge tape at the top edge from a prior framing. This engraving is found in the collections of some of the great libraries of the world. This multi-volume work contained numerous illustrations, of which this is perhaps the most ambitious and colorful. Specialty print dealers offer those prints at prices well above $1,000 each. I cannot find another of this particular print for sale on the internet. A rare opportunity to acquire this antique artwork. Following the Napoleonic military campaign in Egypt (1798-1801), Europe rediscovered the ancient Egyptian civilization, and later expeditions deepened and amplified knowledge of the country's archaeological monuments, giving birth to a new science, Egyptology, which is still very active. In 1828, Charles X of France and Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscany financed the first international scientific expedition to Egypt, the aim of which was to explore the historic monuments of the country. Unlike the Napoleonic Commission, the Franco-Tuscan expedition was able to take advantage of the understanding of hieroglyphic script and therefore examine the antiquities more systematically. The leaders of the expedition were Jean-Francois Champollion, the man who deciphered the hieroglyphs using the Rosetta Stone, and Ippolito Rosellini. Born in Pisa in 1800, Rosellini was noted for his study of the monuments, deciphering of the hieroglyphs and, above all, for his contribution to science in the form of his illustrated work, "The Monuments of Egypt and Nubia". Condition: Good antique condition as pictured and described. Please enlarge all images.