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Auction 191, Lot 746

"[2 Volumes] Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, and Picturesque",

Subject: Egypt

Period: 1886 (circa)


Color: Black & White

12 x 15.2 inches
30.5 x 38.6 cm
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This is the English version of Aegypten in Bild und Wort by the great German Egyptologist Georg Ebers (1837-1898). First published in German in 1879 and 1880, this English translation by Clara Bell includes an introduction and notes by Samuel Birch, the keeper of the Department of Oriental Antiquities in the British Museum. The two-volume set offers a comprehensive illustrated history of Egypt with chapters on ancient and modern Alexandria, the Delta, Memphis and the pyramids, Cairo, Al-Azhar University, Thebes, and much more. More than thirty artists contributed illustrations highlighting the architecture, peoples, and culture of the region. In addition to the copious illustrations peppered throughout the text, there are several stunning full-page plates. Published by Cassell & Company. This book was published in multiple editions, but never again in such a handsome edition. Volume I - 314 pages.; Volume II - 388 pages. Hardbound in brown pebbled cloth with elaborate gilt and black titles and gilt decorations on front covers and spines. All edges gilt.


Condition: B+

Text and illustrations mostly clean with minor toning. Hinges are starting on both volumes, with a few loose pages. Original endpapers have been replaced in both volumes. Covers have average wear with corners that are bumped and chipped.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $475

Closed on 2/8/2023