The Rosetta Stone Sole, Valbelle, Davies Folio Society 2006


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The Rosetta Stone by Sole, Valbelle & Davies

The Rosetta Stone: The Decipherment of the Hieroglyphs by Sole Robert, Valbelle Dominique and Davies W V. The Rosetta Stone is a granodiorite stele inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three scripts: the upper text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle portion Demotic script, and the lowest Ancient Greek. Because it presents essentially the same text in all three scripts (with some minor differences among them), it provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Although it is believed to have originally been displayed within a temple, possibly at nearby Sais, the stone was probably moved during the early Christian or medieval period and was eventually used as building material in the construction of Fort Julien near the town of Rashid (Rosetta) in the Nile Delta. It was rediscovered there in 1799 by a soldier, Pierre-François Bouchard, of the Napoleonic expedition to Egypt. As the first Ancient Egyptian bilingual text recovered in modern times, the Rosetta Stone aroused widespread public interest with its potential to decipher this hitherto untranslated ancient language.


  • Folio Society First Impression No. 1277
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 2006
  • Art Vellum Hardback, 274 pp
  • Portraits, prints, artefacts and excavations.
  • Size 240 x 175mm, 1.2kg

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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Weight 1.200 kg


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