GEORG EBERS' LANDMARK WORK EGYPT: DESCRIPTIVE, HISTORICAL AND PICTURESQUE
Egypt: Descriptive, Historical, and Picturesque.
Ebers, Georg Moritz. Translated from the original German by Clara Bell.$850.00
Item Number: 95842
London, Paris & New York: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co, c. 1881.
Early English translation of Georg Moritz Ebers’ monumental work on Egyptology. Folio, two volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco over pebbled leatherette boards, frontispieces to each volume, illustrated with engravings throughout. Translated from the German by Clara Bell. With an introduction and notes by S. Birch, Keeper of the Department of Oriental Antiquities in the British Museum and President of the Society of Biblical Archaeology. In near fine condition, bookplate from the Elen Dale Sutton Fund of the Peabody Institute, Peabody Massachusetts. An exceptional set.
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).