Ancient Egypt Dendera Celestial Gods Night sky 1846 Discovery report platesBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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[Denderah- Ancient Egypt - Pyramids- Celestial Astronomy Night Sky- Letronne & Champollion Rosetta Stone hieroglyphics].
Memoires de l'Institut Royal de France Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Tome Seizieme. [XVI-seconde partie].
Published 1846, Paris, Imprimerie Royale.
532 pages. Text in French. Original lettered paper spine title label, large folding lithographed plates plus numerous full page plates of coins, etc..
Rare and important historical work officially documenting the discovery of the famous ancient Egyptian palace dedicated to the Celestial gods. Within it was found the earliest and literally only known complete ancient world rendering of the Night Sky, the constellations and zodiac signs. This famous bas relief ceiling sphere is on display in the Louvre museum, Paris.
Also along the walls were relief friezes depicting celestial and zodiac images, found here almost literally for the first time accurately pictorially in large rare lithographed prints.
In the original blue plain paper wraps as issued by the binder/ printer. Deckled edges, text block untrimmed, many folding text leaves still joined at top and unopened as issued.
Light minor scattered foxing, dustiness and light signs of age and handling, surviving nearly as issued, spine splits due to fragile nature of paper binding style. Any age flaws are relatively minor and easy to forgive or overlook.
Book measures: 11" H X 9" W.
Some of the plate titles are:
Plan du Portique du Grand Temple de Denderah, 1846.
Zodiaque Sculpte au Plafond du Portique du Grand-Temple d'Esne.
Zodiaque Scuipte au Plafond du Temple au Nord d'Esne.
Zodiaque Sculpte au Plafond d'Une des Salles du Temple de Denderah, 1846.
Zodiaque Circulaire, 1846.
Zoidiaque Rectangulaire de Dendera