An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians, written in Egypt during the Years 1833, -34, and -35, partly from notes made during a former visit to that country in the years 1825, -26, -27, and -28.
Third edition, “with large additions and improvements”. 2 vols. 8vo. pp. xxiv [two leaves misbound], 472 & vi, [i, errata], 450; numerous illusts. to text; very good in contemporary half calf, gilt decorated spines with contrasting lettering pieces, together with proof plates for the illustrations in the two volumes, printed on fine paper and ranging in size from 8 x 6” (20 x 15cms) to 3 x 4” (7.5 x 10cms), some time contained in a separate album lettered by hand to upper cover “Original India Proofs of Lane’s Drawings for The Modern Egyptians”, the proofs now contained in archival sleeves.
Lane (1801-1876) trained as an engraver, but ill health prompted him to learn Arabic and visit Egypt. Disguised as a Turk, he amassed copious notes and sketches for what would become his bestselling work. Lane’s original manuscripts and drawings are in the British Library and the Griffiths Institute at the University of Oxford. This copy of the work is offered together with an almost complete set of proof illustrations for the edition: of 128 illustrations, 126 are present, together with a further two that do not feature in the book (missing are illustrations at pp. 11 and 52 of volume I).
Author Lane, Edward William.
Binding Contemporary half calf
Publisher London: Charles Knight and Co.
Condition See description
Pages xxiv, 472 & vi, [i, errata], 450