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THEBES. The Glory of a Great Past (1926) by Jean Capart and Marcelle Werbrouck

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THEBES. The Glory of a Great Past (1926) by Jean Capart and Marcelle Werbrouck

250.00

CAPART, Jean, & Marcelle WERBROUCK

Thebes: The Glory of a Great Past

London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1926. First English language edition. Hardcover. Large quarto. Bound in blue cloth with striking Egyptian design to front depicting a vulture in gilt, blue and red, with decorative gilt border and titles. Gilt titles and designs to spine. Embossed gilt Egyptian emblem to rear board. Top edge stained reddish-brown. 363 pages. With 257 black and white illustrations (mostly photographs) plus additional decorative images at beginning and end of each chapter. 

Mild rubbing and edge wear, short tear in the cloth at upper right side of spine, former owner’s Egyptian styled bookplate and two owner signatures in ink. In very good condition. This is a very heavy volume. 

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The original French edition was published in Brussels in 1925. This first English translation discusses the archaeological wonders of Thebes, the Ancient Egyptian site whose ruins lie within the modern Egyptian city of Luxor. It was a cult center and the wealthiest city of ancient Egypt at its heyday. The site of Thebes includes areas on both the eastern bank of the Nile, where the temples of Karnak and Luxor stand and the city proper situated; and the western bank, where a necropolis of large private and royal cemeteries and funerary complexes can be found, including the tombs located in what is collectively known as the Valley of the Kings. The photographs depict imagery from many of the different tombs and temples throughout the area. The authors have provided an excellent synopsis of Egyptian religious and archaeological history to augment the collection of photographs. This volume forms part of the series of publications issued by the Queen Elizabeth Egyptological Foundation, Royal Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels, in response to the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen.