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Rock-Drawings of Southern Upper Egypt II.

(including 'Uwenat). Archaeological Survey of Egypt. Sir Robert Mond Desert Expedition, Season 1937-1938 Preliminary Report.

Published: London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press for The Egyptian Exploration Society, 1939

Stock code: 99988

Price: £850

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First edition. A handsomely produced survey of sites found on the west bank of the Nile from Qena to Aswan, Jebel Uweinat and the road leading from the Nile Valley to Dakhla through the Kharga Oasis; volume I related the the previous season’s expedition, to the Eastern desert. “The recognition of Egyptian rock art as something that could be closely linked to the archaeologically known cultures of the Nile Valley served as a strong impetus for further research. Several surveys and recording campaigns were organized in Upper Egypt and Nubia during during the last decade of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century. The most celebrated accomplishment in the study of rock art is undoubtedly the work of German ethographer Hans Alexander Winkler in the Eastern and Western deserts of Egypt. Winkler’s magnum opus, ‘Rock-Drawings of Southern Egypt’, is still one of the most important collections of rock-art material from Egypt” (UCLA Encyclopaedia of Egyptology). For the last month of the expedition, Winkler joined the team of O. H. Myers and Major R. A. Bagnold, who were exploring the Gilf el-Kebir and the ‘Uweinat, and on returning to Germany was conscripted to the Wehrmacht and killed in action in 1945. An extremely uncommon title in the dust jacket.

Royal quarto (315 245 mm). Original sand buckram, title gilt to the spine. With the dust jacket. Coloured frontispiece and 61 black and white plates, largely from photographs, folding map at the rear. Spine gently rolled. A very good copy in the slightly rubbed jacket with a few minor edge-splits and chips.

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