WARBURTON (William). Essay on the hieroglyphs... - Lot 142 - Gros & Delettrez

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WARBURTON (William). Essay on the hieroglyphs of the Egyptians, showing the origin and progress of language and writing, the antiquity of science in Egypt and the origin of animal worship... With observations on the antiquity of scientific hieroglyphs and remarks on chronology and the first writing of the Chinese. A Paris, chez H.-L. Guérin, 1744. 2 volumes in-12, XXXII-336 p., + XXXV p., p.[337]-675, [1] f. (errata), pl., contemporary glazed havana calf, 5-ribbed spine, red and havana morocco title-pieces, ornate caissons, cold-stamped fillet around the edges, gilt fillet around the edges, speckled edges (slight rubbing to the boards, small tear to the head-piece, dull corners). First translation into French of part of the major work by the English scholar Warburton (1698-1779), "The Divine Legation of Moses...", in this case the part devoted to hieroglyphs. As was often the case at the time, a parallel is drawn with Chinese writing. The "Remarques sur la chronologie" are attributed to Nicolas Fréret; the end of t.2 contains: "Sentiment de M. [Francesco] Bianchini sur les obélisques", taken from "La Istoria universale" published in Rome in 1697. Illustrated with 7 copper-engraved plates by Dheulland, showing in particular ancient Egyptian characters, steles and bas-reliefs.
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