RHIND, A. Henry.
Thebes, its Tombs and their Tenants Ancient and Present
including a Record of Excavations in the Necropolis.
First edition. Having begun his archaeological researches in his native Scotland, Rhind’s health forced him to winter in Egypt 1855-6 and 1856-7. While there he undertook the ” important investigations of the tombs at Thebes” (ODNB) which are recorded here. His methodical practice, he was the first archaeologist to record the exact locations of finds and their relationships, has led to him to being referred to as the “bright shining light of archæological method and conscience.” (Wilson, Signs and Wonders upon Pharaoh) On his death, at only 30 years old, he left funds for two scholarships at Edinburgh University; endowed an industrial institution for orphan girls in his home town; and to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland he bequeathed £400 for excavations, his library; and the copyright of this book and some moneys from his estate towards the establishment of a series of lectures, the prestigious Rhind Lectures continue to this day.
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Large octavo. Original purplish pebble-grained, title gilt to spine, panels in blind to the boards, brown surface-paper endpapers. Coloured frontispiece and 7 other tinted or coloured plates, one with gold, numerous illustrations to the text. Irregularly sunned on the boards and spine, front hinge just a little cracked, light browning and some foxing front and back, but overall very good.