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A Century of Excavation in the Land of the Pharaohs
by James Baikie

Published by The Religious Tract Society, London, c1925. First Edition.  247 pages, 252 pages including index.
Illustrated with 32 interesting black and white photographs.


The story of the pioneers - Mariette and his work - The beginnings of the modern period - The pyramids and their explorers - Work among the temples - Buried royalties - Tutankhamen and his splendours & Life, arts & crafts in the land of the Nile

Hardback book - Hinges are secure with no cracking - Binding is in good condition with some very light rubbing to the cloth at the corners of both boards, very light wearing to the cloth at the head and tail of the spine, a very small white mark and a few very small scuffs to the cloth on the front board & no other marking or staining - In good condition throughout with no tearing, marking or staining with the exception of 2 very small library stamps on the inside of the front board, 2 library stamps on the front endpaper, a library stamp on the title page, a library stamp at the bottom of pages 18 & 43 & some cracking to the gutter between the frontispiece illustration and the title page - Binding is tight and square and all contents are present - A good clean copy

IT is somewhat remarkable that, in spite of the considerable, if spasmodic, interest which is taken in the results of research in Egypt, no adequate account of the work of excavation has ever been written. The student who wishes to learn how, when, and where the facts and objects which interest him were discovered, has himself to excavate the desired information from the innumerable volumes of reports issued by the various exploration societies. It is much to be desired that someone who is master of the subject, and preferably, someone who has had actual experience of the work of excavation, shouId tell the story, not in a manner suited only to the ears of experts, but so that the educated public on whom in the long run excavation must depend for its resources, could appreciate and enjoy a narrative which ought to be as fascinating as any story of search for buried treasure.

This volume makes no pretension to the discharge of such a task. All that it attempts to do is to outline the story of certain aspects of the great work which has given us back so many of the wonders of the ancient civiIisation of Egypt. Its omissions are, doubtless, many but two will be at once conspicuous to, anyone who has the slightest acquaintance with the subject. nothing is said of the Search for the Cities, which in the closing years of the nineteenth century created so much interest, and resulted in so many identifications of sites and nothing is said of the great work of Papyrus-hunting which has added so much to our knowledge of ancient life. These two matters were left untouched for reasons which seemed valid. In the case of the Cities, many of the identifications of the nineties are at present being questioned, and it seemed better to leave the matter till something like agreement is reached. In the case of the Papyri, the subject has become so specialised, and has developed so large a Iiterature of its own as to render impossible any attempt to deal with it, on the scale which it deserves, in such a volume as the present. It may be that at some time In the not far distant future, when controversy has resulted in more or less general agreement as to the sites, these two aspects of Egyptian excavation may be dealt with in a volume which may be a sequel arid companion to this.

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