ENVIRONS DU KAIRE [ENVIRONS OF CAIRO]. PLAN PARTICULAR DE L'ILE DE ROUDAH, DU VIEUX KAIRE ET DE GYZEH.

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Pierre Jacotin

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Environs du Kaire [Environs of Cairo]. Plan Particular de l'Ile de Roudah, du Vieux Kaire et de Gyzeh.

Copper plate engraving, c.1817.
Image size 22 1/2 x 37" (57 x 94 cm) plus margins.
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93444
Price: $300.00
Publisher : Published by Charles-Louis-Fleury Panckoucke, Paris.
This map details the urban and rural areas around the Egyptian cities of Cairo and Giza, including their islands and surroundings along the Nile River. Cairo’s strategic location made it a major point of interest in Napoleon’s 1798 campaign through Egypt. Pierre Jacotin was named director of all the geographers and surveyors in the Nile Valley during this campaign and siege, which lasted until 1801 after Bonaparte had crushed Cairo’s 1798 revolt. Although the plates for this map would have been produced from surveys made during the campaign, in 1808 Napoleon declared the information gathered in Jacotin’s surveys to be a state secret and forbid the plates from being officially published until 1817. This map is from the second edition of the “Description de l’Egypte”, a huge collaborative work published in sections between 1809 and 1829, which was intended as a compilation of the descriptive and historical information on Egypt that scholars had recorded during the campaign. Maps

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