Histoire de la Perse (Asie Orientale). Illustree de gravures en couleur.
by CHAMPOLLION-FIGEAC, Jacques-Joseph (1778-1867).
Paris:: Alphonse Pigoreau, n.d. [ca. 1852?]., 1852. Sm. 4to. [iv], 446 pp. 4 colored plates (including frontispiece, and facing pp. 117, 281, 427; lightly foxed, outer corner showing water-staining. Original blind and gilt-stamped red cloth with "Institution de Mmes Merigeaud et Barlas" on upper cover, all edges gilt; spine ends worn, shelf wear, corner dented. Good +. Scarce. Early printing. There were at least two issues of this work: the present one from Alphonse Pigoreau, and another from Arnauld de Vresse – the latter being more common on the market presently, and containing 6 colored lithographs whereas the Pigoreau issue has but 4 colored lithographs. A date at the end of the text indicates 1852, whereas the de Vresse printing shows the date of 1860. This is far enough away from 1852 to suggest that de Vresse's is the later issue. CONTENTS: Divided into 16 chapters, this history of the ancient country and people of Persia, discusses principles monuments such as Persepolis, the population and its origins, traditions, manners and customs, Harems, the heights of modern comforts, costumes (dress), ceremonies, government and its structure, eunuchs, life of the king, Satraps, military, tombs, religion, Zoroastrianism, Zend-Avesta, morals, Koran, Christian missions in Persia, languages, ancient literature, historical inscriptions of Bi-Sutoum [Behistun inscription in Kermanshah province, a key to deciphering cuneiform script] and Naskhi-Roustan, Ferdusi, Sa'adi, Hafiz, Rachid-Eddin [Rashid-al-Din Hamadani (1247–1318)], the historian Mirkond, Jami, philosophy, sciences & arts: medicine, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, games, dance [dancers], magic [magicians], fine-arts, painting, architecture, sculpture, Tak-i-Bostan [Taq-e Bostan], Schapour [Shapour], Darabgerd [Darab], etc., commerce, routes of travel, finance, money, gold & silver mines, and history of the various dynasties. / Jacques-Joseph Champollion-Figeac was the brother of Jean-François Champollion (1790-1832), famous Orientalist and the person who is known to have deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphs and a pioneering figure in the field of Egyptology (as studied in the West). At the age of 41 he died of a heart-attack, leaving much unfinished work, such that his brother Jacques-Joseph served to edit and publish some of that work. / Also issued by Arnauld de Vresse of Paris, 1860, in an edition with 6 colored plates – there is no list of plates. This title is more common than the Alphonse Pigoreau issue, though the printed sheets are exactly the same. Was the dated 1860 earlier than this issue? Or the reverse? Traditions established where a dated title-page is usually a first edition and an undated title is usually a reprint does not explain the difference in the number of plates issued or why Pigoreau has the same sheets as De Vresse. The title states, under the author's name, "Bibliothecaire Palais de Fontainebleau." Jacques-Joseph Champollion-Figeac, the historian-librarian of the castle at Fontainebleau, was known as an archeologist working in Greece and Egypt. "Then on March 1, 1848 he was dismissed from his position as professor at the School of charters and curator at the National Library. He was accused of theft and negligence; if the theft charges were unfounded, their neglect was more responsive. In 1848 he was expelled and asked asylum by his son Paul, deputy prosecutor at Fontainebleau. In 1852 he was appointed curator of the library of the Imperial Palace." / See: Cyrus Ghani, Iran and the West, a critical bibliography, London & New York, Kegan Paul International 1987, p.70.
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