Austen H. Layard, M. P. - Discoveries In The Ruins Of Nineveh And Babylon - 1853

Austen H. Layard, M. P. - Discoveries In The Ruins Of Nineveh And Babylon - 1853
History, Illustrated, Travels, Discoveries, Exploration, Archaeology, Nineveh, Babylon, Assyria, Mesopotamia - Quantity: 1 - other extra - see description

A scarce and an original first edition copy for collectors of Austen Henry Layard, 19th Century Travel Books, and for those interested in Nineveh, Mesopotamia, Iraq, Babylonia, Babylonians, Medes, Chaldeans, Persians, Scythians, Cimmerians The Middle East, Travel and Exploration.

Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;
With Travels in Armenia, Kurdistan and the Desert:
Being the Result of a Second Expedition
Undertaken for the Trustees of the British Museum

This volume details Layard’s important second British Museum expedition in 1849, describing in detail the discoveries that were made, especially focusing on the momentous Assyrian artefacts. The expedition yielded further important trophies and discoveries, including the cuneiform library of Sennacherib's grandson Ashurbanipal, on which most modern knowledge of Assyrian culture is founded. Apart from his great archaeological accomplishment in identifying Kouyunjik as the site of the ancient city Nineveh, Layard provides an extensive analysis of the ancient Assyrian world and its history, as revealed by the discoveries, and also writes about the daily life and customs of the country.

This will be of interest for the archaeology and early travel enthusiast as the number and quality of illustrations, maps and diagrams really elevate this work.

Item Description
First edition of this authoritative study on the Assyrian cities of Nineveh and Babylon based on Layard's second expedition to the region. Richly illustrated with fold-out frontispiece ‘ North-eastern façade and grand entrance of Sennacherib’s palace (Kouyunjik)’, 4 folding plates and plans, 8 tinted lithographic plates, over 20 full-page plates, 1 plate of inscriptions, 2 large folding maps ‘map of Assyria, and map of Mesopotamia’ at rear, and 232 wood-cut engravings.

Published by John Murray, London, 1853. Original brown cloth by Edmonds & Remnants, with impressive elaborate blind stamping design of Great Winged Bull to front and rear covers. Titles in gilt to spine.

Book Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 4.5cm & Number of Pages: 686 including appendix & index + 2 pages of publishers’ works.

Wear at extremities. Rubbing and bumping to head and foot of spine, with wear to edges of spine. Internally; is almost good. Some rubbing to front inner hinge. Some pencil writing on front free endpaper. Securely bound with hinges fully intact with no loose or detached pages. Slight tears or creases to edges of the fold-out plans and map, but still in nice clean condition. Not really sure of page(s) cut within the (appendix) between pages 672-673. Pages are tight and almost clean with some spots, light marks, or foxing. Plates are bright. Overall; good, and tight used copy (Please see pictures).

Lot details
Number of Books
Discoveries, Exploration, Archaeology, Nineveh, Babylon, Assyria, Mesopotamia, History, Illustrated, Travels
Author/ Illustrator
Austen H. Layard, M. P.
Book Title
Discoveries In The Ruins Of Nineveh And Babylon
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition
Original language
John Murray
Binding/ Material
other extra - see description
Number of pages
23×15 cm
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