The Antiquities, Natural History, Ruins and Other Curiosities of Egypt, Nubia and Thebes.
London: Printed for Edward Jeffreys, 1792.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Large Folio. Very Good. Item #002785
Large folio (430 x 266 mm). Engraved portrait of the author by Martin Teuscher, letterpress title leaf, engraved allegorical scene bound after title, and 159 engraved copper plates (numbered I-CLIX) on 157 sheets, plus five unnumbered engraved plates bound at intervals (making 164 total half-sheet copper plates), mostly with explanatory text. A six leaves content list in neat contemporary manuscript bound at front. Contemporary mottle calf, later rebacked in brown leather with old rebacking and original spine leather with gilt-lettered morocco label preserved (wear and some chipping to extremities and foot of spine), marbled endpapers. Very little browning and minor occasional spotting of plates. Provenance: Joseph Hardcastle (1752-1819), founder of The Missionary Society of London (armorial bookplate to rear pastedown). A near fine copy. ----
FIRST EDITION, SECOND ISSUE (first 1780). A reprint without letterpress of Norden's Travels in Egypt and Nubia of 1757. "Norden was a captain in the Danish Navy and had studied drawing and engraving as part of his duties. He had spent nearly three years in Italy studying art when Christian VI of Denmark ordered him to go to Egypt in 1737 on an exploratory mission where he made drawings on the spot. He spent about a year in Egypt and was the first European to penetrate as far as Derr in Nubia and to publish descriptions of any Nubian temples. This... was the earliest attempt at an elaborate description of Egypt, and its plates are the most significant previous to those by Denon." (Blackmer 1211). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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