This is an original 1757 copper plate engraving of a drawing by Frederick Lewis Norden of an 18th century Egyptian water wheel. Note the man in the bottom right corner playing a lute -type instrument.
Period Paper has acquired a large collection of original 1757 copper plate engravings of Egypt and Nubia (now northern Sudan), including maps, archeological references, and architectural details. These rare original items are from the first and only translated folio edition. Miniatures of these were also created in 1757, about one-eighth of this size, but they hold a fraction of the value of this collection. This collection is in exceptional condition with only the minor aging and light foxing which is expected considering the age of these items.
Frederick Lewis (or Frederic Louis) Norden (1708 - 1742) was a Danish naval captain and explorer. On the request of King Christian VI of Denmark, Norden made a voyage through Egypt to Nubia (northern Sudan) in 1737Ð1738, The remarkable notes, observations, and drawings that Norden made of Egypt, and what was then called Nubia, were published in the posthumous Voyage d'Egypte et de Nubie.
This 254+ year old Item is rated Fine +++. No creases. No natural defects. There is some light aging and foxing; a light water stain in the bottom right corner; and a chip in the bottom left corner --please see image.