The travel accounts, drawings, and collections of Fr d ric Cailliaud were an important early contribution to the birth of the new scientific discipline of Egyptology in the first half of the nineteenth century. But one of his major works--on the arts and crafts of ancient Egypt--was never published. For the first time here, his exquisite color plates are presented alongside a translation of his original French text describing them. Explanatory material by Andrew Bednarski and other scholars puts the work in context. Arriving in Egypt in 1815, Cailliaud embarked upon a series of explorations that included the rediscovery of the Roman emerald mines at Mount Zabora and ancient routes to the Red Sea, and expeditions in the Eastern and Western Deserts and the land we know today as Ethiopia. He made copious notes on the flora and fauna, people and antiquities he saw, and took a collection of over two thousand objects back to France. Cailliaud's beautifully rendered watercolors of scenes on ancient Egyptian tombs and temples (viewed before Champollion's deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphs) show animated scenes of ancient daily life, with which he draws parallels to the nineteenth-century activities he observed around him. This is a work that will appeal not only to Egyptologists (professional and amateur), but also to historians, art historians, and readers interested in design. The original French text, never before published, is included in electronic form.
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 1716 g
Dimensions: 280 x 200 x 33 mm
"Magnificently-produced and illustrated. . . . This book gives its readers a unique opportunity to view Cailliaud's masterpieces, and is a worthy tribute to a great Egyptologist of the past."--Ancient Egypt
"[Cailliaud's] personal narratives of travels far up the Nile are nothing short of heroic in their daring and discoveries. . . . Exquisitely reproduced images, on par with those in Description de l'Egypte."--AramcoWorld
"This volume is extremely attractive and reasonably priced. It is no doubt a valuable source for those engaged in the study of early Egyptology, and in archaeological drawing."--Robert Morkot, ASTENE Bulletin