Egypt and the Levant

 

Breasted, James Henry. The Edwin Smith surgical papyrus. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1930. $450

First edition. 2 volumes. Volume 1 (Hieroglyphic Transliteration, Translation and Commentary) is 31 cm tall, volume 2 (Facsimile Plates and Line for Line Hieroglyphic Transliteration) is 41 cm tall. 54 plates, many folding. Bound in original cloth. Clean, bright, unblemished copy.

 

Brunton, Winifred. Kings & Queens of Ancient Egypt. London: Hodder and Stoughton, [1924]. $250

First edition. 28 cm; 163 pages and 18 mounted plates, most of them in color, with letterpress overlays. Original decorated cloth in pictorial dust jacket. Very good condition. Pages evenly toned. A little spotting on endleaves. Dust jacket a bit frayed at crown of spine. Protected in mylar wraps. Imaginary portraits of Ancient Egyptian personalities by Brunton, with text by J. H. Breasted, Terence Gray, T. E. Peet, Margaret Murray and others.

 

Clark, Edward L. Daleth, or, The homestead of the nations. Egypt illustrated. ill. J. H. Buford. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1864. $135

First Edition. 24cm; 289 pages, including 8 chromolithograph plates by J. H. Buford, 3 color tinted lithograph plates, 3 lithograph plates in black and white and 68 wood-engraved illustrations in text. Bound in recent 1/4 black morocco over marbled boards (in style of original binding). Letters on spine faded. Top edge gilt. Tissue guards present. Very good condition. Reference: Bennett, 24.

 

Daughter of Japhet. Wanderings in the Land of Ham. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1858.   $95

First edition. 20 cm; xi, 307 pages, and three engraved plates. Bound in publisher's blue cloth, with gilt stamped vignette within blindstamped border. Gilt spine and edges. Somewhat worn, with old bookseller's ticket on upper board, and color bleached from bottom corner of lower board; small fraying at crown. A bit dusty and toned, but still very good. A few interesting pencil notes in margins. Owner's ink inscription on half-title. Reference: Kalfatovic 0490.
Kalfatovic writes, "The anonymous seventeen-year old girl who wrote this did us all a disfavor in her anonymity since it is one of the best travel accounts of the period." In addition to Egypt, the girl and her family visited Malta and Portugal. Scarce in original binding.
 

De Rustafjaell, Robert. The light of Egypt : from recently discovered predynastic and early Christian records ... . London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1909.  $175

First Edition. Inscribed by the author. Very Good 26cm; x, 169 pages, and 51 plates (most in photogravure). Inscribed in pencil to the Paris bookseller Altounian, who put his stamp on the first chapter head. Bound in red cloth stamped in gilt. Minor wear.

 

Durbin, John P. (1800-1876). Observations in the East, chiefly in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Asia Minor. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1845. $300

First edition. 21 cm; 2 volumes. xii, 347; 299 pages, four folding maps, and 18 full-page steel-engraved plates with tissue guards. Bound in original publisher's cloth, blind-stamped on both boards. Title stamped in gilt letters on spine. Covers somewhat stained, continued as a damp mark on the fore-edge of volume one (diminishing after first 15 leaves). Crown and heel of volume one torn and repaired. Minor blemishes very widely scattered in text. Text block sound, clean and entire. Good to very good condition overall.
 

Ebers, Georg ; Clara Bell ; Samuel Birch. Egypt: Descriptive, Historical and Picturesque. London, etc.: Cassell and Co., N.d.  $450

First edition. 39 cm; 2 volumes. Richly illustrated. Original brown morocco, decorated in gilt and blind, with beveled corners, gilt dentelles and marbled endleaves; all edges gilt. Covers rubbed at edges and extremities, with some crumbling leather; joints tender. Text bright and fine.
Extra shipping charges apply. (4333) $450.00

 

Garstang, John. The burial customs of Ancient Egypt as illustrated by tombs of the Middle Kingdom.... London: Archibald Constable, 1907.  $425

First edition. 27cm; xv, [1], 250 pages. Title page in red and black. Color frontispiece, 15 plates and 231 half-tone illustrations in text. Bound in green cloth, beveled boards, with gilt title on upper board and on spine. Minor shelf wear; scattered light foxing in margins.

 

Nicholson, Charles (1808-1903). Aegyptiaca, comprising a catalogue of Egyptian antiquities, collected in the years 1856, 1857, and now deposited in the museum of the University of Sydney. London: Harrison and Sons, 1891.  $350

First edition, inscribed by the author. Title continues: together with an account of some remains of the "disk worshippers": as also some funereal hieroglyphic inscriptions found at Memphis: accompanied also by a fac-simile and translation from a hieratic papyrus containing portions of the Book of the dead. 25cm; iv, 150, [2] pages, and [18] tinted folding lithograph plates. Bound in recent red quarter leather over red cloth, titled in gilt on spine. Inscribed and dated by the author (1893) facing title page. Tight, clean, complete and unblemished copy.

 

Prisse d'Avennes, A. E. (1807-1879); James Augustus St. John (1801-1875). Oriental album. Characters, costumes, and modes of life, in the valley of the Nile. London: James Madden, 1851.   $5,000

      

Second edition. 45 cm; [3] preliminary leaves, 60 pages, and 31 full-page tinted lithograph plates, including the frontispiece of George Lloyd reclining in costume of a sheik, with hookah and camels in the background. Wood-engraved vignette on title page. Bound in later 1/4 morocco over boards with printed marbled paper pattern, worn through at corners and along bottom edge. Titled in gilt on spine. Gilt edges. Two leaves and one plate bound out of order. Scattered foxing, mostly in margins of plates. A few text leaves somewhat frayed at fore-edge. Reference: Hilmy II, 142.

An album of lithographs of Egyptian subjects by Prisse D'Avennes "from designs taken on the spot." Prisse's Nile Valley is a mysterious world of hookahs and pipes, flowing robes, noble beasts, and women revealed by their veils. James Augustus St. John wrote the text, which consists of a couple of pages per image. Some copies were colored later; this copy is tinted only, as issued. The frontispiece shows the botanist George Lloyd in native costume, and the bookd is dedicated to him. He had acdcidentally shot himself while cleaning his rifle on an expedition to Thebes. (4810) $5,000.00
 

 

Reisner, George Andrew. Mycerinus, the Temples of the Third Pyramid at Giza. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1931.  $750

First edition. 36cm; xx, 292 pages, and 78 plates of photogravure illustrations and 12 folded color maps in pocket. Diagrams in text. Bound in full cloth. About very good, with shelf wear only.

 

Roeder, Günther ; Friedrich Zucker. Debod bis Bab Kalabsche. Cairo: Imprimerie de l'Institute Français d'archéologie orientale, 1911-1912.   $450

First edition. 35 cm; 3 vols., xxviii, 232; viii, 169 pages, and 139 plates (94 of them photogravure) Bound in recent blue cloth. About fine. The third title in the "Temples immergés de la Nubie" series published by the Insititute.

 

Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria. Travels in the East, including a visit to Egypt and the Holy Land. London: Bentley, 1884. $225

Decorative Cloth. First edition in English. 27cm; xi, 380 pages, with 93 wood-engraved illustrations. Frontispiece loose. Edge-worn; good overall.

 

Ruffer, Marc Armand, Sir (1859-1917). Studies in the palaeopathology of Egypt. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1921. $500

First edition. 27 cm; xx, 372 pages, and 71 half-tone plates (some colored), frontispiece portrait. Bound in original green cloth, with negligible fraying at crown and heel; hinges fissured but holding; few marginal pencil lines. Nevertheless clean, sound copy in very good condition.

 

Savary, M. (Claude Etienne). Letters on Egypt containing, a parallel between the manners of its ancient and modern inhabitants, its commerce, agriculture, government and religion; with the descent of Louis IX at Damietta. Extracted from Joinville, and Arabian authors. London: Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1787.  $750

Second edition. 22cm; 2 volumes. 4 folding plates, including three maps and a plan of the Great Pyramid. Recent leather in period style. Pages evenly toned but crisp and fresh.
Kalfatovic 0157 ('an excellent account of Egypt before the French occupation"); Ibrahim-Hilmy II, 214.
 

Sonnini, Charles S. Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt…. London: J. Debrett, 1800.  $600

4to, 730 pages. 27 plates (of 28) including folding map (lacks plate of Cleopatra's Needle). Map creased at inner edge, with small tear at fold. Scattered light foxing, heavier at first leaves. First boards rebacked with modern half calf. Armorial bookplate of Elizabeth Meux. Ibrahim-Hilmy II, 245

 

Wallis, Henry. Egyptian ceramic art typical examples of the art of the Egyptian potter portrayed in colour plates. London: [Privately printed] by Taylor and Francis, 1900. $350

First edition, limited to 200 copies, of which this is number 40. 29 cm; xix, 37, [1] pages, and 12 chromolithograph plates. Bound in original green and cream-colored cloth, titled in gilt. Binding worn at edges and somewhat soiled. Cloth on spine tanned and a bit brittle. Plates lightly toned at edges.
 

Wittman, William, MD. Travels in Turkey, Asia-Minor, Syria, and across the desert into Egypt, during the years 1799, 1800, and 1801 in company with the Turkish Army, and the British Military Mission: also through Germany, Holland, &c. on the return to England:to which are annexed, observations on the plague, and on the diseases prevalent in Turkey, and a meteorological journal ... Philadelphia: James Humphreys, 1804.  $200

First American edition. 23cm; 426, [6] pages, half title present ("Dr. Wittman's Travels"). Meteorolgical tables. Bound in contemporary speckled calf, worn. Joints cracking, two superficial horizontal fissures across spine. Hinges split, but holding firm. First and last endleaves torn. Early owner's name in ink, old bookplate. Despite wear, a good copy.

 

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