Précis du système hiéroglyphique des anciens Égyptiens, ou Recherches sur les elemens premiers de cette écriture sacrée, sur leurs diverses combinations, et sur les rapports de ce système avec les autres méthodes graphiques égyptiennes

Autore CHAMPOLLION, Jean François le Jeune (1790-1832).
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Précis du système hiéroglyphique des anciens Égyptiens

The copy bound for Pope Leo XII

Two parts in one volume, 4to (242x150 mm). Text part: [4], XVI, 410, [2] pp. and XVI lithographed plates (4 folding); Plate section: [2], 45, [1 blank] pp. and 32 lithographed plates (numbered 1-21 and A-K). Arms of the king of France on the title pages. Lavish contemporary straight-grained full red morocco binding in the neoclassical style, richly gilt spine with dark green morocco lettering piece, panels bearing the gilt coat-of-arms of Pope Leo XII at the center, set within an elaborate ornamental border and a fillet, endleaves in blue papers (spine-ends slightly rubbed). Preserved in a cloth case. Slightly foxed throughout. Uncut and partly unopened. On the front pastedown the engraved bookplate of Maisonneuve & C. (Paris).

FIRST EDITION of Champollion's great work on the deciphering of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, in an outstanding contemporary binding made for Pope Leo XII. With this work, Champollion securely established his title as the founder of scientific Egyptology.

In this remarkable work the author describes, step by step, with numerous examples and details, the method he followed to discover and document the three aspects of hieroglyphics: the phonogram images, the figurative representations, and the symbolic representations.

Pope Leo XII actively supported Champollion's endeavors to decipher hieroglyphs. “…Already, though the study of hieroglyphics is in its infancy, many precious documents have aided in the understanding of the Scriptures. Pope Leo XII fully comprehended this subject. In encouraging by all the weight of his influence the learned labors of Champollion, he did not confine himself to viewing this event simply as one of the most notable in the calendar of human knowledge, but he perceived in it an invaluable source of positive data concerning the history of the people of God in their relations to Egypt...” (J.-G. Honoré Greppo, Essay on the Hieroglyphic system of M. Champollion, Jun., Boston, 1830, p. 71f.).

N. Broc, Afrique, p. 72f.

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  • Précis du système hiéroglyphique des anciens Égyptiens
  • Précis du système hiéroglyphique des anciens Égyptiens