LANE, Edward William. An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians. Written in Egypt During the Years 1833-1835. Partly from Notes made during aformer Visit to that Country in the Years1825, 26, 27 and 28. London, Nattali, 1846.
Two volumes, small 8vo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in git, ornamented in blind; xx, 419; viii, 429, , 11 (publisher's catalogue); cloth a little darkened and marked, apart from light spotting to endpapers, a very clean and fresh set internally, partly unopened.
A lavishly illustrated edition of a classic on modern Egypt, the material culture, economy, social and domestic life, music, religion, food, architecture of the diverse peoples living along the Lower Nile. Published first in 1836, it 'became an instant success after its publication in 1836 and is still used as a basic text by both Eastern and Western students of the Arab world' (ODNB). Lane was a serious Arabist who lived in Egypt in the 1830s and translated the Thousand and one Nights.