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Monuments of Egypt and Nubia

Ippolito Rosellini is one of the fathers of modern Egyptology. Born in Pisa in 1800, beginning his interest in Oriental languages \u200b\u200bat a very early age, as fate would have known 25 years later another great scholar Champollion in his trip to Florence to see the collection of Egyptian art of Duke Leopold II. By then the French and was responsible for the translation of the famous Rosetta stone and went from that meeting when born among them a great friendship and cooperation in making this professor Rosellini, which would end shortly after he offering language courses in the Egyptian University of Pisa.

Few emerge years later when the great opportunity of his life proclaiming the intention to organize an expedition to Egypt for scientific and bibliographic. After arduous negotiations, the two friends got the sponsorship and good wishes of their separate administrations, thereby would forge a Franco-Tuscan expedition, which also consisted of naturalists, artists, architects came to Alexandria in 1828 with goal in Upper Egypt.
During this unique cruise made many drawings of the fauna, flora, monuments, places and people. The Tuscans also collected 900 pieces later cas funds form the Egyptian Museum in Florence. Unfortunately after Champollion made his work would not compilation and would work Rosellini then organize it and publish it under the name of both authors, a gesture that honors him.

The work mentioned by the duke and patron Leopold II, would be called The Monuments of Egypt and Nubia and start running in 1832, comprised of some 10 volumes divided into three parts with 390 ilutraciones of which 110 were to color. The ninth though it would be published posthumously and the tenth was lost.

The various component parts are: Monuments Historical (five volumes of Egyptian history), with an atlas of 169 figures, 28 of them in color; Civil Landmarks (three volumes of daily living), with an atlas of 135 figures, 74 which in color delas; Religious Monuments (a volume of religion in Egypt), with an atlas of 86 figures, including 8 in color.

Of note is the effort of so great and his work was perfect rigorous providing only facts about the monuments to avoid "mixing the light of the facts in the fog of assumptions." the first volume was published in November 1832 with the second to be published below.

I struggled a bit to find it but finally after a little research I found two books on the web New York Public Library. I leave a few color images.

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