John A. Todd/ Ella du Cane (Illustrator) - The Banks of the Nile - 1913

John A. Todd/ Ella du Cane (Illustrator) - The Banks of the Nile - 1913
History, Illustrated, Travels, Middle East, Archaeology, Ancient Egyptians, Egyptology - Quantity: 1

First edition of this beautifully illustrated work on Egypt, with 60 colour plates and 2 folding maps

A quite remarkable book. The author, lived and travelled in Egypt for five years and created this wide-ranging overview of the country and its people, its rituals, ruins, famous river and ancient relics as in the early years of the 1900s. On his historical content; Todd said this was necessarily incomplete, and that: "Only in the case of mediaeval (which in Egypt means modern) history of the country is it possible, or desirable, to deal with shorter units of time than centuries or dynasties." Nevertheless, Todd covered the historical aspects of Egypt with the same broad scope that is applied to almost every other aspect of Egypt's past.

“The artist, Ella Du Cane, came into artistic prominence in 1893 when she exhibited at an exhibition of the prestigious New Society of Painters in Water Colours. Queen Victoria took a personal interest in her work, acquiring 26 of Du Cane's works between December 1895 and August 1898. With success came opportunities for travel, along with this work on Egypt she also did paintings for A. & C. Black books on Japan and Italy”.

Item Description
First edition from Adam and Charles Black of 1913. A fascinating travel classic book in the original cloth bindings. The book is wonderfully illustrated with 60 plates with evocative colour paintings by Ella Du Cane, include frontispiece of the Shoe Bazaar in Cairo. Each plate is faced by a protective tissue sheet on which, facing the plate, is a description of the illustration by Florence Du Cane. Two fold out maps; one, at the beginning of the text material shows the Cairo area, the other that following the index, showing Egypt.

Published by Adam and Charles Black, London (1913). Publisher’s original beautifully decorated tan cloth, the spine and upper cover with gilt lettering and pictorial decorations in blue, russet, and green in Egyptian motif. Top page edges gilt.

Book Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 5 cm & Number of Pages: 282 including 2 appendix and index

Some wear to boards’ corners, and spine edges, with rubbing to head and tail of spine. Internally the book is in good condition. Neat inscription with ink on first title page dated 1917. Foxing on some pages and the tissue-guards. The text is fresh. The plates are clean and bright (Please see pictures).

Lot details
Number of Books
History, Illustrated, Middle East, Archaeology, Ancient Egyptians, Egyptology, Travels
Author/ Illustrator
John A. Todd/ Ella du Cane (Illustrator)
Book Title
The Banks of the Nile
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition
Original language
Adam and Charles Black
Binding/ Material
Number of pages
23×16 cm
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