(#173507) REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED BY THE PHILOMATHEAN SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA TO TRANSLATE THE INSCRIPTION ON THE ROSETTA STONE. Charles Reuben Hale, Samuel Huntington Jones, Henry Morton.

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED BY THE PHILOMATHEAN SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA TO TRANSLATE THE INSCRIPTION ON THE ROSETTA STONE. [Philadelphia: L. N. Rosenthal, 1858.]. Small quarto (22.3x18.5 cm), variously paginated, publisher's pictorial paper over bevel-edged boards, brown coated endpapers. First edition. The first complete English translation of the Rosetta Stone, a monumental piece of scholarship by Charles Reuben Hale, Samuel Huntington Jones and Henry Morton, three undergraduate members of the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania who worked from a plaster facsimile of the stone. One of the few American books to be entirely printed by lithograph, it is "a notable display of chromolithographic book illustration by the Philadelphia lithographer Louis Rosenthal. The entire book was lithographed, presumably to better accommodate the hieroglyphs, but Rosenthal went far beyond necessity. He created hundreds of crude but exuberant chromolithographs intermingled with the text, showing scenes from Egyptian life or elaborate borders in quasi-Egyptian motifs" (Stamped with a National Character 91). Bennett, A Practical Guide to America Nineteenth Century Color Plate Books, p. 93. Boards worn at spine ends and corner tips, about half of the printed paper on the spine panel is missing, there are a few old tape stains at top and bottom edges of the front and rear covers near spine panel; just a bit of scattered foxing and tanning in the text; overall a very good copy with a nearly fine interior. A lovely copy. (#173507).

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