"The conditions of travelling and of working in Sinai are very different from those of life in a fertile country such as Egypt": First Edition of Petrie's Researches in Sinai
Researches in Sinai.
Petrie, Sir William Matthew Flinders.$175.00
Item Number: 95852
London: John Murray, 1906.
First edition of English Egyptologist Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie’s work on the historical and biblical significance of the Sinai region. Large octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, with 186 illustrations and 4 maps. With chapters by Charles T. Currelly. In very good condition with a chip to the crown of the spine, bookplate.
A pioneering Egyptologist, dedicated to methodical and economical research, Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie made Near Eastern archaeology a much more rigorous and scientific discipline. This 1906 work covers Petrie's studies in the Sinai Peninsula, investigating the historical and biblical significance of the region, especially as it related to the Exodus. Copiously illustrated, the volume depicts the region's climate, geography and antiquities, recording the archaeological processes that characterized Petrie's approach. Notable is the material on ancient turquoise mines and a Middle Kingdom temple at Serabit el-Khadim, where inscriptions in the previously unknown Proto-Sinaitic script were unearthed.