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Translating the inscription on the Rosetta Stone  

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Report of the Committee appointed by the Philomathean Society of the University of Philadelphia to translate the inscription on the Rosetta Stone






87 leaves, most lithographed on both sides. 7¼x8¾", half pebbled morocco & marbled boards, matching endpapers, all edges gilt; rebacked with original spine.

A remarkable achievement and landmark in the history of American color printing.  Both text and illustrations were produced entirely by lithography, requiring more than 400 stones.  Most pages have borders.  The transcriptions and translations are ornamented with colorful Egyptian motifs. Morton lacked enough litho stones for the entire book;  as each page was completed, the stone was reground and reused.  The first edition of 400 copies appeared in December 1858 and sold out immediately. 
The three student authors translated the Rosetta Stone when a plaster facsimile of the Stone was presented to the university. The hieroglyphics of the original inscription are reproduced with the hieratic and Greek.  Each member of the committee wrote his contributions in his own hand.  Morton devised all the Eygptian designs & decorations. Bennett p. 93.  Reese 91.
This copy belonged to Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Bradley, 1859. 
Donated by The Veatchs Arts of the Book, Hamburg NY.

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Hinges reinforced, tips worn through; otherwise very good.

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