TRAVELS IN ETHIOPIA, Above the Second Cataract of the Nile; Exhibiting the State of That Country, and its Various Inhabitants, Under the Dominion of Mohammed Ali; and Illustrating the Antiquities, Arts, and History of the Ancient Kingdom of Meroe.

Hoskins G. A

Published by London Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman 1835, 1835
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First edition. With a folding map and 54 lithographic plates including the frontispiece after Hoskins and Bondoni, 8 of which are double page, 4 are coloured chromolithos, and 2 are coloured by hand, also with numerous wood engravings within the text. 90 illustrations in total. 4to, in the original near black dark green cloth, bordered in blind on both covers and with pictorial gilt designs of Egyptian statuary on the top cover and spine, gilt lettered on the spine, edges untrimmed. xix, 367. A handsome copy of a book quite hard to find in collectable condition, well preserved and clean with just a bit of minor toning to the page edges, sometime very skillfully rebacked preserving all of the original decorated cloth spine, board edges with minor wear and mellowing, the folding map backed with linen for support, endpapers matching the originals renewed. Very scarce in the original cloth. SCARCE IN THE ORIGINAL CLOTH. A cornerstone work, Hoskins was the first European to describe and illustrate the antiquities of Meroe and one of only a tiny number of explores at the time to have ventured above the Second Cataract. He also spent a year in upper Egypt studying its monuments and journeyed extensively into the Nubian and Ethiopian deserts. It was Hoskins intent to prove that Meroe was the seat of learning from where the arts and sciences of Egypt, and then ultimately Greece and Rome, derived their origin. This account contains detailed studies on the arts and education in these regions. The fine lithographs in this volume were the first collection of illustrations of the regionís antiquities. American author Edgar Allan Poe was quite impressed with Hoskinís handiwork. "Mr. Hoskins' Travels in Ethiopia above the Second Cataract of the Nile, are very highly spoken of. The work is a large quarto; and the expense of getting it up has been so great, as to leave its author no chance of remuneration. It contains ninety illustrations, by a Neapolitan artist of great eminence. The risk attending the publication of so valuable a book, will operate to deter any American bookseller from attempting it." The quality that so impressed Mr. Poe is evident, especially so in the impressive plates. It is not only a book of great historical and archaeological importance, but also a book of considerable beauty. Bookseller Inventory # 22513

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Title: TRAVELS IN ETHIOPIA, Above the Second ...

Publisher: London Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman 1835

Publication Date: 1835

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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