Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Ozymandias:
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
(The recitation of this poem was a prominent part of the 2019 Coen Brothers movie, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Part 3, Meal Ticket.)
Description lower margin: “Détails de chars sculptes sur premier pylône et tete de l’une des statues du tombau d’Osymandyas. Débris du pied gauche de la statue colossale d’Osmandyas.”
Condition: Generally very good with the usual toning, wear, handling, soft creases. Occasional scattered light foxing. Margins with scattered short tears, chipping, etc., all easily matted out.
“Description de l’Égypte.” Wikipedia. 4 August 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Description_de_l%27%C3%89gypte (22 January 2021).