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  • Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians – First Series 1837 – Wilkinson

    Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians – First Series 1837 – Wilkinson

    Full title … Manners and Customs of The Ancient Egyptians, Including their Private Life, Government, Laws, Arts, Manufactures, Religion, and early History; Derived from a Comparison of the Paintings, Sculptures and Monuments Still Existing, with Accounts of Ancient Authors. Illustrated by Drawings of Those Subjects.

    Three volumes, first edition published by Murray, London in 1837. Octavo, 406, 446 and 404 pages. With numerous illustrations, including 17 lithographed plates, some colour, some tinted and three folding. Original gilt pictorial cloth. Some light foxing, minimal signs of age and use. A very good set of this important work.

    A second series of and additional three volumes was published in 1841. We have that set also. Make an offer for the combination if you wish.

    Ten parts, comprising inter alia … The Early State of Egypt; History from Accession of King Menes to Conquest by Alexander; Class System; Houses, Gardens, Villas; Furnishings; Activities; Hunting; Arts and the Style of Art etc

    Sir John Gardner Wilkinson (1797-1875) was traveller a pioneer Egyptologist. Regarded as the “Father of British Egyptology”. Oxford educated after Harrow. He fell ill and did not finish his degree. Travelling in Italy to recuperate he met William Gell under whose influence he decided to study Egyptology. From the age of 24 he spent twelve continuous years in Egypt. Soon after his return to England he published this work which became regarded as the best work on the subject … he received a knighthood as a result. His papers are held at the Bodleian, and are regarded as fundamental being before a widespread interest in the subject which brought tourism and the natural “spoiling” that comes with that.

    Wilkinson – Important early work on Egyptology.

    $590.00

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  • From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt – Wallis Budge – First Edition 1934

    First edition published by Oxford University Press in 1934. Large octavo, 545 pages with 240 illustrations. Decorated cloth covered boards and with most of the rare dust jacket, with repaired separation to rear corner and large chip to base of spine. The book rarely appears with its jacket. A very good copy.

    A history of the progress of Egyptian religious beliefs and related mythology during ancient times.

    Chapter subjects include … The Religions of Ancient Egypt; Predynastic Cults – Animism – Fetishism – Gods and Goddesses of Fetish Origin etc ; Magic the Foundation of Egyptian Religions; Magical Rituals and Spells; The Magician – His Powers and Works; The Family of Gebb and Nut; Hathor and the Hathor-Goddesses; Gods – Stellar, Borrowed and Foreign; Osiris the Rival of Ra; The Judgement of the Dead; Life Beyond the Grave etc etc

    Wallis Budge (1857-1934) one of a group of top Egyptologists to be associated with the British Museum. Born into poor circumstances he made London and the British Museum as a young man. He was so well liked and he was sponsored through Cambridge by Gladstone and Smith (of W.H. Smith fame). He studied the work of Layard, knew Alfred Sayce well (see out original letter by Sayce), learned from Assyriologist George Smith (Voyager hero). It was not long until he was in charge of building the collection which he did in a grand scale. His most distinguished acquisition maybe the Papyrus of Ani “Book of the Dead”. He wrote many books on his subject. This his final and enduring work.

    Budge – a lifetime devoted to Egyptology.

    $220.00

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  • The Tomb of Iurudef –  A Memphite Official in the Reign of Ramesses II – Maarten Raven

    The Tomb of Iurudef – A Memphite Official in the Reign of Ramesses II – Maarten Raven

    First edition published jointly by the National Museum of Antiquities Leiden and the Egypt Exploration Society, London.

    The Principal author Maarten Raven is a leading Egyptologist and curator of Egyptology at Leiden. Since 1975 he has been active in the field at Saqqara at a New kingdom archaeological burial site a joint Dutch and British concern.

    Large quarto, 82 pages plus 55 full page plates of artefacts, including the frontispiece. Printed to a high standard and in fine condition.

    A great wealth of material has been found, preserved and catalogued from the sands of the city of the dead of ancient Memphis. Of considerable importance was the discovery of the tomb of Iurudef as a part of the tomb structure of his Master the Overseer of the Treasury Tia, brother-in-law to Ramesses II. The tomb can be dated to the first half of the Nineteenth Dynasty. The excavators discovered further chambers and in total some seventy burials were found.

    The publication is presented at the highest technical standard. A useful Preface and List of Plates, with a Staff List and suitable historical introductions. Follows a logical progression … the Superstructure; the Substructure; Coffins and Related Objects; Catalogue of Objects; Pottery; Skeletal remains

    The Tomb of Iurudef was shared with many others.

    $130.00

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  • Egyptian (Isis and Osiris) Trade Cards – 1920’s

    Egyptian (Isis and Osiris) Trade Cards – 1920’s

    A group of six very colourful trade cards by Liebig advertising their tasty Fray products. Printed and issued around 1920. Complete 11cm by 7 cm each in very good condition.

    Titled Isis and Osiris they have text about each image on the back in Italian making them doubly useful!

    Special Egyptian set with striking colours and imagery.

    $60.00

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  • Thomas Cook’s – Tours of Egypt the Nile, Sudan, Palestine and Syria -1928

    Thomas Cook’s – Tours of Egypt the Nile, Sudan, Palestine and Syria -1928

    We love this 110 page brochure advertising Thomas Cook’s tours in the style of Poirot and Death on the Nile.

    It would take us a week to explain the depth of information, photographs, maps, intricate details of each of the numerous vessels with photos of the cabins, saloons etc. End paper maps and layout of each of the vessels.

    Very good condition albeit some pencil annotations of a planned holiday – luck bastards!

    Comprehensive view of Egypt and Palestine in the 1920’s

    $90.00

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  • The Jason Voyage  – the Quest for the Golden Fleece – Tim Severin

    The Jason Voyage – the Quest for the Golden Fleece – Tim Severin

    Published by Guild Publishing, London 1985. Octavo, 263 pages well illustrated and with charts etc. A very good near fine copy.

    13th century BC and Jason sets sail in his galley to find the Golden Fleece. Legend or fact? From Greece across the Aegean through the Dardanelles and Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus and up along the Black Sea all the way to Colchis were Jason found the “fleece”’ and his bride Medea.

    Tim Severin had already tested the legend of St Brendan who sailed a leather boat from Ireland to America. And repeated the voyages of Sinbad. For Jason he built a twenty-oar galley and repeated the 1,500 mile voyage … a few volunteer oarsmen were required! Superb mytho-archaeology [our word]

    Tim Severin put it all into Jason and proved the possibility

    $25.00

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