Napoleon's 'Description De L'Egypte' lost to fire
|Bonaparte meets the Sphinx by Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1862 [Credit: Web]|
|Charles Morel, cabinet designed to hold the volumes of the Descrition de l'Egypte, 1813-36 [Credit: Web]|
|Thousands of irreplaceable manuscripts at Cairo's Institute for Scientific Research are lost to fire amid attack military attack on protesters at nearby Cabinet building [Credit: Ahram]|
The volumes are considered among the most important historical works of the early nineteenth century.
Source: Ahram Online [December 18, 2011]