Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;
With Travels in Armenia, Kurdistan and the Desert: being the result of a second expedition undertaken for the British Museum.London: John Murray, 1853 Stock Code: 139903
First edition. Layard's important second British Museum expedition "yielded further important trophies and discoveries, including the cuneiform library of Sennacherib's grandson Ashurbanipal, on which most modern knowledge of Assyrian culture is founded" (ODNB). "Apart from the archaeological value of his work in identifying Kouyunjik as the site of Nineveh, and in providing a great mass of materials for scholars to work upon... Layard's accounts are among the best written books of travel in the language" (Encyclopaedia Britannica). This copy was impressively bound for the Yorkshire-born civil engineer John Towlerton Leather (1804-1885), with his armorial bookplate.
Octavo (215 x 135 mm). Contemporary polished calf by Reynard & Son, Leeds, spine in compartments with blind-rolled raised bands and blind-tooled fleurons, red morocco gilt title label, boards elaborately panelled in blind, blind-rolled turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges red.
Folding frontispiece, one other folding plate and a single plate of inscriptions, 8 tinted lithographic plates, 3 folding plans and 2 folding maps, over 200 wood-engraved illustrations to the text.
Some superficial rubbing to extremities but a sound and handsome copy, foxing to and around the plates, very good condition.
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