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13 Precis by Champollion on his decipherment of hieroglyphs

CHAMPOLLION, Jean-François

Précis du système hiéroglyphique des anciens Ēgyptiens

2 vols. Paris, 1824.


 Jean-François Champollion (1790-1832) was a French philologist and archaeologist. He excelled at languages from a young age, and mastered Coptic Egyptian as well as Hebrew, Arabic, and Syrian. He was inspired by Napoleon's Egyptian expedition to become an Egyptologist, and he was appointed assistant professor of history at Grenoble University at the age of 18. He became involved in attempts to decipher the hieroglyphs inscribed on the Rosetta Stone, and succeeded in 1822.
 This monograph on the hieroglyphic system of Ancient Egypt was published two years after the decipherment of the hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone, and consists of two volumes of plates and explanatory text. It explains that hieroglyphs are a religious script made up of character elements and various combinations of characters, and it describes the relationship between their research system and other graphical methods of Egypt. The copy in this collection is a first edition.
                           (26×16cm×2 vols.)

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