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BELZONI, Giovanni Battista.
Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs, and Excavations, in Egypt and Nubia; and of a Journey to the Coast of the Red Sea....

Published
London: John Murray, 1820.
Plates
1
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
0-5000
Published
London: John Murray, 1820.
Ref
5055

FIRST EDITION. Quarto vol in contemporary half green morocco, gilt ruled over marbled boards, raised bands to spine. Frontispiece and title foxed; An extraordinary example of this most important travel narrative, superbly illustrated. Atlas volume (see entry 5511) with title, index of plates. In half brown calf, gilt ruled over marbled boards, raised bands in blind to spine. Belzoni was the first great archaeologist of Egypt, leading to several important excavations from 1815-19. He opened one of the two great pyramids of Giza, and several tombs of the Kings of Thebes, including that of Seti I. Belzoni's personal collection of antiquities was sold by Sotheby's in 1822. Plates uncoloured, so not listed.