The French expedition to Egypt, which Napoleon Bonaparte launched in 1798, was one of the most exciting, harrowing, futile and yet most fruitful adventures of modern times. From a military standpoint it was both a brutal and futile war. The French remained in the region for 3 years and suffered repeated blows. With the armed forces came a group of experts, so called Scientific and Artistic commission, which included some of the most brilliant scholars and scientists of the time. It was they who discovered the glories of ancient Egypt, who studied for the first time the colossal ruins of Luxor and Karnak as well as the Rosetta Stone, who surveyed the Isthmus of Sues with a view of building a canal, and who collected in three years lots of text and plates of the region.
In this book are revealed the most repulsive and admirable of Bonaparte's qualities. We witness the glories and horrors of the battle of the Nile, the uprising of Cairo, the butcheries of Jaffa, the ravages of the plague and the unbelievable game Bonaparte played with Islam. Also depicted are the principal players: the uncatchable Mameluke Murad Bay, who could decapitate an ox with one blow, the Pasha of Acre, who gloried in the surname Djezzar, "the Butcher", Dr. Desgenettes, who inoculated himself with the plague and survived to give Bonaparte a public dressing down and many more.
This book is a first edition, issued in 11962 in London and is illustrated with 16 pages of half tones and 4 maps. Book is in excellent condition with just a slight bumping to the dust cover spine.