Georg Ebers Landmark Work Egypt: Descriptive, Historical and Picturesque
Egypt: Descriptive, Historical and Picturesque.
Ebers, Georg; Translated by Clara Bell.
Item Number: 50061
London, Paris and New York: Cassell, Petter and Gilpin, 1880.
First edition of this monumental work on Egyptology. Folio, 2 volumes, pictorial brown cloth, gilt tooling and stamping to the spine and front panels, bevelled boards, all edges gilt. Illustrated with full-page plates. Very lightly rubbed; corners bumped. Translated from the German by Clara Bell. With an introduction and notes by S. Birch. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Professor of Egyptology at Leipzig, Georg Ebers wrote histories and romantic novels relating to Egypt and was one of a handful of men who promoted and popularized its rediscovered ancient wonders. This work, handsomely illustrated with full-page wood-engraved plates and in-text vignettes of temples, pyramids, hieroglyphs and scenes along the Nile, is part history, part travelogue, and provides a fascinating view of Egypt in the late 19th century. The fine wood-engravings are by prominent contemporary artists, chief among them Lawrence Alma Tadema, “the most prolific and skilled of all who worked in [Egyptology]—‘the painter of the Victorian vision of the ancient world” (Clayton, Rediscovery of Ancient Egypt, 178).