History of the British Expedition to Egypt; to which is subjoined, a Sketch of the Present state of that country and its means of defence

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Author: Robert Thomas Wilson (1777-1849)

Year: 1803

Publisher: Printed by C Roworth and sold by T Egerton

Place: London


2 volumes bound together in one [iii]-[1], 300 3 folding copper-engraved maps and plans (2 of them with hand colored); [2], 314 pages. Stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait; 4 folding tables. Octavo (8" x 5") modern half brown morocco over red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, raised bands, mottled end-papers Fourth edition.

The French Campaign in Egypt and Syria (1798–1801) was Napoleon Bonaparte's campaign in the Ottoman territories of Egypt and Syria, proclaimed to defend French trade interests, weaken Britain's access to British India, and to establish scientific enterprise in the region. It was the primary purpose of the Mediterranean campaign of 1798, a series of naval engagements that included the capture of Malta. On the scientific front, the expedition eventually led to the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, creating the field of Egyptology. Despite many decisive victories and an initially successful expedition into Syria, Napoleon and his Armée d'Orient were eventually forced to withdraw, after sowing political disharmony in France, experiencing conflict in Europe, and suffering the defeat of the supporting French fleet at the Battle of the Nile. Published the year following the quarto first edition.


Rebound in modern three quarter leather with gilt lettering and raised bands on spine. Bound without half titles. Ink name of L.J. Kellog, 1857, to top of title page; ink name of George Rentz to front free end-paper. A very good copy.

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