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PIONEERING WORK ON ASSYRIOLOGY. (5). BOTTA, PAUL-ÉMILE. Monument de Ninive. Découvert et décrit par P. E. Botta. Mesuré et dessiné par E. Flandin. I-V. Paris (Imprimerie Nationale) 1849-50.
Imperial folio (c. 610x425 mm.). 374 engraved plates, some double-page (complete, 12 with partial colour, most with dampstaining in upper margin, not affecting pictorial area, some minor other marginal dampstaining, some minor foxing).
Contemporary brown half morocco, partly worn, partly faded, gilt spines in six compartments, speckled edges.
Mostly with dampstaining in upper margin, some minor other dampstaining, some minor foxing. 5 volumes.
Vol. I-IV plate volumes, of which I-II deal with architecture and sculpture, III-IV deal with inscriptions, vol. V text printed in French with insertions in Arabic and cuneiform, vignettes in the text, reference to plates.
Paul-Émile Botta (1802- 1870) was an Italian-born French scientist. The French Government appointed Botta as consul at Mosul in 1842. While there he discovered the ruins of the ancient Assyrian capital of Dur-Sharrukin, and on his return to France in 1845 he brought with him many artifacts from it, to be displayed at the Louvre. This achievement earned him a spectacular reputation as an Orientalist.