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by Constantin François de Chassebœuf, comte de Volney

Voyage en Syrie et en Égypte

Title page from Voyage en Syrie et en Égypte, volume one, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Constantin François de Chassebœuf, comte de Volney
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Published Paris: Volland [et] Desenne
Date 1787
Edition First
Language French
Volumes 2 volume set
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Desc. 8vo (21 cm.)
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Bookplate, front pastedown, volume two.

Constantin François de Chassebœuf (1757-1820) was a French historian and philosopher who epitomized the rationalist historical and political thought of the eighteenth century.[1] Volney traveled throughout Egypt and Syria, and upon his return to France wrote Voyage en Syrie et en Égypte (Travels through Egypt and Syria) in 1787.[2] The book chronicles the cultures, history, and languages of the areas Volney visited. Voyage en Syrie et en Égypte “made him famous throughout Europe and Thomas Jefferson purchased it in its second edition soon after publication.”[3] Volney met Jefferson, who appreciated Volney’s views on enlightenment principles, while the latter lived in Paris as minister to France. They corresponded when Jefferson returned to America, and continued to write each other on topics such as politics and science.[4]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as Egypte de Volney. 2.v. 8vo. and given by Thomas Jefferson to his son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph. Jefferson sent a copy of the first edition, published in 1787, to Wythe while serving as Minister to France.[5] A copy of the same edition at the University of Virginia includes the signature "T. M. Randolph/ Monticello" on the front boards of both volumes, and "G. W. Randolph" on the verso of the front blank leaf. The only markings possibly linking it to Wythe are the initials "G. W." on the verso of the front blank leaf in volume one. Both Dean's memo[6] and George Wythe's Library[7] on LibraryThing list the first edition, while the Brown Bibliography[8] more definitively links the University of Virginia copy to Wythe. The Wolf Law Library purchased a copy of the same edition.

Map of Syria, volume one.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in quarter calf and marbled paper over boards with spines gilt, contrasting labels of red and green in the second and third compartments. Includes the bookplate of Theophilus Mitchell with the Latin motto "Deo Favente" (With God's favor) on the front pastedown of each volume. Purchased from Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

See also


  1. "Constantin-François de Chasseboeuf, count de Volney" in Encyclopædia Britannica Online, accessed November 1, 2013.
  2. Ibid.
  3. "To Thomas Jefferson from Volney, 16 November 1793" in Founders Online (National Archives), accessed November 1, 2013.
  4. Ibid.
  5. See Thomas Jefferson to Wythe, 16 September 1787.
  6. Memorandum from Barbara C. Dean, Colonial Williamsburg Found., to Mrs. Stiverson, Colonial Williamsburg Found. (June 16, 1975), 6 (on file at Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary).
  7. LibraryThing, s.v. "George Wythe," accessed on November 13, 2013.
  8. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:

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