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Manners and customs of the ancient Egyptians, including their private life, government, laws, arts, manufactures, religion and early history; derived from a comparison of the paintings, sculptures, and monuments still existing, with the accounts of the ancient authors

Wilkinson, J. Gardner

Published by John Murray, London, 1837
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First edition, 8vo, 5 volumes, 3 frontispieces, 14 lithograph plates (some color and folding) and over 420 woodcut illustrations in the text; uniformly bound by J. Clarke in English beige calf, gilt spines, red and black morocco labels, a.e.g.; light wear to joints but generally a very good set, with the bookplate of Grange Leybourne. One of the most influential works in English on Egypt, and one of the principle vehicles of Egyptomania in the 19th century. The work inspired a number of artists, especially Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) who derived much of his inspiration from Wilkinson's Ancient Egyptians, as well as from Prisse d'Avenne's Histoire de l'Art egyptien. "Wilkinson, inspired by Gell, went to Egypt in 1821 where he spent twelve years of continuous hard work. He later returned to Egypt three times, in 1842, 1848-9, and 1855. He carried out excavations at Thebes and travelled as far south as the second cataract and into Nubia. He was able to arrive at results similar to Champollion, but he was not as interested in hieroglyphs as he was in the tomb paintings, which he studied intensively to discover what he could of everyday life in Egypt. A fascinating work" (Blackmer).This set includes the two text volumes from the second series of the Manners and Customs, issued in 1841 (but lacking its atlas), and bound uniformly with the first series. Blackmer 1803. Bookseller Inventory # 24237

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Title: Manners and customs of the ancient Egyptians...

Publisher: John Murray, London

Publication Date: 1837

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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