1887 · New York
Vol. I. [Titlepage], [List of illustrations], 36 plates, each prefaced by titlepage and text description. In good condition. Professional repair to titlepage, and two-inch closed tear to bottom edge of plate 28 title/text page.
Vol. II. [Titlepage], [List of illustrations], 36 plates, each prefaced by titlepage and text description. In good minus condition. The title/text pages of the following plates are loose (but intact): Plates 2-4, 11, 13-17, 33-36 (all of these pages have light chipping to fore-edges). Top edge of title/text page to plate two has one inch close tear. Title / text pages for plates 12 and 35 have tears to page along spine (each roughly 1/3 length of spine). Pencil presentation inscription on ffep: "New Ipswich Library / Presented by Henry O Chambry. / April" The "Edition de Luxe" of a landmark production in the history of American chromolithography. Helmed by American Egyptologist Samuel Binion, this stunning collection of chromolithographic plates of Egyptian architecture, art and antiquities drew from four major volumes of Egyptian travel and antiquities. These include: David Roberts' Egypt and the Holy Land; Prisse d'Avennes' Oriental Album' Lepsius' Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopen; and, Description de l'Égypte (commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte). Ancient Egypt or Mizraïm was originally issued in twelve parts (here bound together in two volumes), each plate accompanied by its own lithographic title and text page. (Reference: Blackmer 143). 1362056. Special Collections. (Inventory #: 1362056)