X Title page of the Description de l’Égypte , a monumental work published in 23 volumes between 1809 and 1829, which sought to give a complete description of ancient and modern Egypt. !e composition of this masterpiece, which is also a milestone in the history of archeology and Egyptology, involved over 160 scholars and scientists, who accompanied Napoleon on his Egyptian campaign (1798-1801), as well as a large number of artists, dra#smen and engravers.