Praisse d'Avennes has produced one of the most beautiful modern books on ancient Egyptian art. His monumental work, first published in Paris over a ten-year period between 1868 and 1878, includes the only surviving record of many lost artifacts.
"None of Prisse's contemporaries had the skill or endurance to bring such an endeavor to such a brilliant end. He was far ahead of his time in his awareness of the vulnerability of the monuments and the need to protect and to record them. His were the first reliable drawings of Egyptians arhcitecture and ornaments and the first plans and sections of constructions newly excavated. He return to Paris [in 1860] with a rich harvest of 300 drawings, 400 meters of squeezes, and 150 photographs." - Maarten J. Raven