1st American Edition. A wonderful book, sure to please any lover of Egyptology and the romantic Victorian era Egypt exploration. 31 full-page steel engraving plates of 19th century Egyptian antiquities. Nile boats, the sphinx, pyramids and etc. fill this wonderful work. Also includes maps, in-line illustrations and one 2-page Views of Alexandria.
More on the Author and Work -
William Henry Bartlett (March 26, 1809 – September 13, 1854) was a British artist, best known for his numerous steel engravings. Bartletts primary concern was to render "lively impressions of actual sights", as he wrote in the preface to The Nile Boat. Nathaniel Parker Willis described Bartlett's talent thus: "Bartlett could select his point of view so as to bring prominently into his sketch the castle or the cathedral, which history or antiquity had allowed".
Physical Attributes -
Measuring 26 x 17.5 x 3 cm. Rebacked with corners. Cloth boards retained. Strong endpapers added. Gilt decoration to spine and boards. Top edge gilt. 31 plates. In-line illustrations. 2 maps (one a plate). One 2-page Views of Alexandria
Pages - (2), frontis, title, viii, 218, advertisement, (2)
See pictures. Rebacked, with corners added as well. Spine stamped and decorated in gilt. Edges of old cloth hardcover worn (top, bottom, fore). New heavy-duty endpapers added. Top edge gilt. Title, half-title, and preface pages have been sliced at the top, not affecting any of the text. Some spots of foxing here and there, thumb marks, red pencil dot, but they are not excessive. Written note about "no mention of hermits of Egypt" on back of frontispiece in pen; also map at Chapter 1 has some notes on it and an "X" in the middle of the desert (I'd guess it's a location of said hermits). One plate is missing its tissue guard. Bookseller notes erased from first blank unnumbered page.
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