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London, United Kingdom: John Murray, 1822. "Belzoni was a circus strongman who had studied hydraulic engineering at Rome. Belzoni embarked on his career as an archaeologist, and succeeded in removing an enormous number of statues and sarcophagi. In 1817, he excavated Abu Simbel, Karnak and the Valley of the Kings, and the tomb of Seti I, whose sarcophagus was purchased by Sir John Soane. In 1818 he opened the second pyramid at Gizeh, and identified the site of Berenice. In 1823 he set out for Timbucktu to explore the source of the Niger and died of dysentery in December of that year." CONDITION Marbled bds with what was originally Burgundy Morocco (now faded) spine titles are bright Gilt, Volume I - Lithograph frontis portrait, pp xxxv 438 plus fold out map of the Course of the Nile reduced from Col. Leake's map of Egypt; Volume II - pp x 421 with a fold out plan of the Temple of Jerusalem. Eps of both copies have the full 24 engravings pasted in from Belzoni's adventures were retold in a children's book by Sarah Atkins (12 to each volume) Bds mildly rubbed to each volume, Morocco faded with mild wear, front paste downs named in copperplate script, further name in pencil to first blanks, mild foxing not effecting text block. Given age condition is exceptional. Written in an imminently readable manner. Overweight.. 3rd Edition. Three-Quarter Leather. Very Good/Not Issued. Illus. by Hullmandel (Lithographer). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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