A Handbook for Travellers in Egypt; including Descriptions of the Course …

WILKINSON, Sir John Gardner. A Handbook for Travellers in Egypt; including Descriptions of the Course of the Nile to the Second Cataract, Alexandria, Cairo, the Pyramids, and The….

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WILKINSON, Sir John Gardner A Handbook for Travellers in Egypt; including Descriptions of the Course of the Nile to the Second Cataract, Alexandria, Cairo, the Pyramids, and Thebes, the Overland Trasit to India, the Peninsula of Mount Sinai, the Oases, & c. Condensed from 'Modern Egypt and Thebes' … New Edition, with Corrections and Additions. London, John Murray, 1867 [i.e. 1869].

8vo. Original publisher's cloth (expertly re-backed, retaining the original spine; pp. xix, 439, 68 (illustrated advertisements in lilac paper), folding map and illustrations in the text; binding a little darkened, upper blank portion of half-title replaced with matching papers; an attractive copy, printed on high-quality thick paper.
Wilkinson was an early eminent Egyptologist, who had 'arrived in Egypt on 22 November 1821. He soon became so fascinated with the land that he abandoned all thoughts of an army career and spent the next twelve years there. During that time he travelled widely throughout Egypt, twice ascending the Nile into Nubia and exploring both the eastern and the western deserts. He accomplished an extraordinary amount of work at most of the major archaeological sites then known in Egypt and recorded them in his numerous notebooks and sketchbooks … His popular Handbook for Travellers in Egypt (1847) for John Murray's series of travellers' guides went through many editions.' (ODNB).

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