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Report of the Committee appointed by the Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania to Translate the Inscription on the Rosetta Stone

by Charles R. Hale, S. Huntington Jones, and Henry Morton

Second edition, signed by the authors.  Philadelphia:  S.N. Rosenthal, 1859 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Original glazed red buckram covers have blind tooling, green ink decoration, and sphinx in gilt.   
  • Boards show some smudges, stains, scuffing, a 1/2" split at lower spine, edgewear.  Corners are bumped, scuffed.   
  • Spine has gilt text and is darkened, with crushed ends.
  • Binding is secure.  
  • Dark brown pastedowns and feps show little sign of wear; white feps have some toning, rumpling. 
  • Lithograph plates are bright and clear, some openings have tissue guards with foxing.  Plates have scattered foxing, marginal age-toning.  See photos.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Catalogue of members of the Philomathean Society follows the text.
  • PS2024.0501

152 numbered pages. 7 x 8.75 inches

A very good copy, complete and in original covers, of the second edition of this volume, a combination of scholarly and artistic achievement.  This work, prepared by three undergraduate members of the Philomathean Society at the University of Pennsylvania, was the first complete English translation of the Rosetta Stone.  Working from a plaster cast of the Rosetta Stone, Philo members Henry Morton, Charles Hale, and S. Huntington Jones took nearly a year to complete this work, which met with worldwide praise and recognition.

Charles R. Hale translated the Greek and demotic text.  Samuel Huntington Jones wrote an essay about Ptolemy Epiphanes.  Henry Morton handled hieroglyphic inscriptions and the pictorial decorations.  The Report by these three undergraduates as the Committee is signed in ink on page [6] by all three members -- some copies are unsigned, others are signed by one member.  

One of the few American books to be entirely printed by lithograph, this volume is a notable display of chromolithographic book illustration by the Philadelphia lithographer Louis Rosenthal.  

Second edition, of 600 copies.  Signed by the three authors on page [6].  

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