John Gardner Wilkinson - The Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians. In Three Volumes - 1837

John Gardner Wilkinson - The Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians. In Three Volumes - 1837
Histoire, Livres illustrés, Voyages et découvertes - Quantité : 3 - Autre - voir description

Scarce first edition and complete 3 volume set for collectors, and for those interested in Ancient Egyptians, Egyptology, Archaeology, and The Middle East Travel and Explorations

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 Ancient Authors.
Illustrated by Drawings of those Subjects
By J. G. Wilkinson, F.R.S. M.R.S.L. &c.

A pioneer of British Egyptology, Sir John Gardner Wilkinson (1797-1875) first travelled to Egypt in 1821, the year before Champollion published his breakthrough work on the Rosetta Stone. As public interest in Egypt grew, Wilkinson studied and sketched the country's major archaeological sites, most notably the tombs of Thebes.

This well-illustrated three-volume work remained for over a century a key text on the lives of ancient Egyptians. Writing in a popular genre that was normally focused on contemporary societies, Wilkinson addresses areas ranging from daily life to funerary beliefs. His imaginative approach underpinned the book's considerable success. The coverage includes physical and human geography, architecture, diet, music, hunting techniques, decorative arts, and the building and decoration of monuments.

This is fascinating and one of the most influential works in English on Egypt in the 19th century. Complete three volume set with all colour, and fold-outs plates. The three books are richly illustrated with 7 coloured plates printed on thick papers, 3 large fold-out plates, 7 black and white plates, 9 vignettes, and 357 wood-cuts illustrations.

Published by John Murray, London, MDCCCXXXVII (1837). Publisher’s original brown boards with gilt Egyptian vignettes to upper boards. Gilt lettering and Egyptian vignettes to spines.

Vol. I:
2 Colour plate including frontispiece ‘Support Appearance of the Court’,
Large fold-out plate ‘Chiefs of four Nations bring Tributes to the Egyptian King Thothmes III
1 full page plates
71 wood-cuts
3 vignettes
Number of Pages: 406

Vol. II:
3 Colour plate including frontispiece ‘The Harpers of Bruce’s Tomb’
2 Large fold-out plates ‘A part of Guests’ and ‘Arrival of Foreigners in Egypt’
5 full page plates
179 wood-cuts
3 vignettes
Number of Pages: 446

Vol. III:
2 Colour plate including frontispiece ‘Capital of Columns, and a Piece of Coloured Glass’
1 full page plates
107 wood-cuts
3 vignettes
Number of Pages: 404 including appendix

Book Dimensions: 23 x 15 cm and number of pages (3 Volumes): 1256

A well-preserved set. The boards showing mild evidence of age or use. Wear to edges, head and tail of spine and corners. Covers are firmly held, with some split to spine joints. Signs of repairs to front inner hinge of volume two. Internally; the books are in good condition. Neat owner's label on front past down pages of the three volumes, with name in ink to top front free endpaper of volume one. Occasional foxing and spotting marks on some pages. All pages are tightly held at the gutter. Inner hinges are good. The text and plates are clean and bright (Please see pictures).

Informations du lot
Nombre de livres
Histoire, Livres illustrés, Voyages et découvertes
Auteur/ Illustrateur
John Gardner Wilkinson
Titre du livre
The Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians. In Three Volumes
Bon état
Année de publication de l’ouvrage le plus ancien
1ère édition
Langue originale
John Murray
Couverture rigide
Autre - voir description
Nombre de pages
23×15 cm
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