Nekrokedeia; or, The Art of Embalming; wherein is shewn the Right of Burial, the Funeral Ceremonies, and the Several Ways of Preserving Dead Bodies in Most Nations of the World

GREENHILL, THOMAS

Published by Printed for the Author, London, 1705
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Title: Nekrokedeia; or, The Art of Embalming; ...

Publisher: Printed for the Author, London

Publication Date: 1705

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Collates complete: 14 engraved plates, including frontispiece; folding engraved map of Egypt, Ethiopia, and Arabia. [6], viii, v, [9], 367, [13] pages, including initial explanatory leaf preceding frontispiece. 4to, contemporary panelled calf, rebacked, endpapers renewed; paper flaw in blank outer margin of L2. "Greenhill's central purpose was to reverse the decline of embalming by advocating its restoration within aristocratic burial practices, and by making it the exclusive preserve of surgeons, rather than undertakers and quacks. He proceeded as an antiquary, making his theological, historical, and anthropological arguments with extensive reference to classical texts, patristics, and the scriptures. The work offers rich evidence on attitudes to death, of early eighteenth-century antiquarianism and Egyptology, and the medical politics of the day, in an accessible and interesting blend" (ODNB). Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 277. A rare book with wonderful plates. Bookseller Inventory # 2552

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