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Title:
Egypt : lost and found : explorers and travelers on the Nile
Author:
Siliotti, Alberto.
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Publication Information:
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1999.
Physical Description:
359 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 37 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781556708763
Format :
Book

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Central Library DT60 .S547 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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Egypt Lost and Found chronicles how this amazing culture has been unearthed and translated by archeologists over the past three centuries. From the first account of a journey up the Nile by a Venetian in 1589 to the details of how Jean Francois Campollion cracked the enigma of the hieroglyphs -- revealing unimaginable tales written on the walls of tombs and temples -- this is the story of the rediscovery of ancient Egypt, its monuments and treasures, by European travelers.In chapter after chapter, readers are swept forward into the unknown world of obelisks, monuments, and brilliantly painted walls. Featured also are maps statues, portraits of the explorers and of the people of Egypt, as well as scenes highlighting the magnificence of the landscapes, temples, and pyramids.In this amazing book, author Alberto Siliotti recaptures the excitement and wonder of those early, intrepid explorers and illuminates some of the greatest adventures and discoveries of all time.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

EuropeanÄparticularly French, Italian and BritishÄexploration of Egypt, from the Middle Ages to the mid-19th century, receives royal treatment in this spectacularly illustrated book from journalist and photographer Siliotti (Egypt: Splendors of an Ancient Civilization). The author follows successive waves of merchants, tourists and soldiers to the land that many once believed was "the source of all human knowledge and science." He shows how Napoleon's exploration in Egypt, to which he brought 162 scholars along with his armies, was a major triumph in Egyptology despite its failure as a military campaign. Siliotti also recounts the biographies and stealth of the major players of the "war of the consuls," which marked the beginning of the "systematic plunder of Egypt's archaeological heritage by the diplomats of various European nations" who sought treasures for the greater glory of their national museums. Along the way, the author provides detailed histories of map-making and excavations. Though Siliotti's writing can be dry, but what's astonishing here are the magnificent, brilliantly reproduced illustrations. Every page of this large-sized book is graced by European drawings, etchings, manuscripts, paintings and maps of EgyptÄ1050 color plates in allÄmaking this a volume eminently suitable for both the coffee table and the library. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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