Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, and Picturesque.
Translated from the original German by Clara Bell. With an Introduction and Notes by S. Birch.London: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., c. 1880 Stock Code: 139417
First edition in English of this impressive work, originally published as Aegypten in Bild und Wort (1878-79), by the German Egyptologist Georg Ebers (1837-1898), who gave his name to the Ebers Papyrus, one of the world's oldest medical documents, acquired in Upper Egypt from a Coptic antiquarian during the winter of 1872-3. This English version is by Clara Bell, highly respected for her work as a translator, who in 1877 had translated Ebers's hugely popular novel Uarda: A Romance of Ancient Egypt. The introduction and notes are by the distinguished English Egyptologist Samuel Birch, "much honoured for his services to scholarship" (ODNB).
2 volumes, quarto (375 x 285 mm). Contemporary reddish-brown half morocco-grain skiver, spines gilt banded and lettered direct, sides and corners trimmed with a single gilt fillet, purplish-brown cloth sides, marbled edges, green cloth inner hinges, Spanish moiré on Vintage pattern marbled endpapers.
Wood-engraved frontispiece to each volume, 29 similar plates, numerous illustrations to the text (a number full-page); titlepages printed in red and black.
Spines sunned, joints and extremities rubbed, earlier judicious repairs to joints, a few marks to bindings, sides patchily faded. A good set, sound and clean.
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