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A Thousand Miles up the Nile [Kindle Edition]

Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards
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Amelia Edwards (1831-1892) was an English novelist, journalist and travel writer who, after visiting Egypt in 1873-1874, devoted her life to Egyptology and the protection of Egypt's ancient monuments. This volume, first published in 1876, contains Edwards' fascinating description of her life-changing visit to Egypt. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

"Recommended to anyone who enjoys 19th-century travel literature, Egyptian antiquities, or Elizabeth Peters' superlative mystery series featuring the redoubtable Victorian Egyptology sleuth Amelia Peabody Emerson." - Amazon Reviewer


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Book Description

Amelia Edwards (1831-1892) was an English novelist, journalist and travel writer who, after visiting Egypt in 1873-1874, devoted her life to Egyptology and the protection of Egypt's ancient monuments. This volume, first published in 1876, contains Edwards' fascinating description of her life-changing visit to Egypt.

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  • Print Length: 528 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Y183HC
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wondeful book-- incomplete reprint? August 2, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been looking for an in-print edition of this book for a long time. My one disappointment with it is that it seems to be incomplete.

The narrative ends abruptly at the end of Chapter XIII, titled "Philae to Korosko". It's obvious that this isn't the end of the book. Very disappointing to come so far and suddenly find one's self teetering on the brink of a literary precipice with nothing ahead! Miss Edwards makes it clear throughout her narrative that her journey goes as far as Aboo-Simbel, but this reprint doesn't go there.

In the preface she writes "It will be seen by those who do not weary of my companionship before reaching the eighteenth Chapter, that I had the great good fortune to be one of a party, which, in the month of February 1874, discovered and excavated an extremely interesting group of ruins at Aboo-Simbel in Nubia. If an apology were needed for the writing of another book about the Nile, this circumstance would alone furnish sufficient reason for the production of the present volumes."

This leads me to believe that several chapters, at least Chapters 14 thru 18, are missing from this reprint. I can find no mention of a second volume or any explanation for the omission of the material referenced in the preface.

Leaving that criticism aside, A Thousand Miles Up the Nile is a delight to read. Amelia Edwards is an engaging travel guide who provides a vivid picture of life in 19th-century Egypt and many colorful descriptions of the personalities she encounters. She also proves to be an excellent historian as she describes the ancient ruins she and her travel party encounter as they sail up the Nile on their dahabeeyah the "Philae".
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Norton Creek Press edition is complete March 15, 2009
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Another review claims that "A Thousand Miles up the Nile" has neither all of its pages nor all of its illustrations. This isn't true of the Norton Creek Press edition, which is the whole shebang, with all of the engravings from the second edition, and ending on page 499.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thousand Miles Up the Nile July 16, 2009
Format:Paperback
Norton Creek Press has done a public service in reprinting an affordable version of this classic travel adventure. Amelia Edwards conveys her enthusiasm for Egyptian antiquities in a charming narrative that made this reader wish he could have been along for the voyage. Seeing the ruins through her eyes is as close as the modern traveller can come to experiencing the wonders of Egypt in a time when anyone with a shovel could dig for relics. Even readers without previous interest in Egyptology will become fascinated by the subject as they follow Amelia's jouney up the Nile, but be advised that people in Victorian times had much longer attention spans and much better vocabularies than the current norm. A dictionary and Google Earth will contribute greatly to the enjoyment of this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A classical text, but a shoddy book. December 25, 2010
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I ordered this book for Christmas and have not yet read it completely. The style is Victorian, but quite enjoyable if sometimes a little long winded. However for anyone who has sailed up the Nile or spent time in Thebes, Abu Simbal etc., it has a charm and acuteness of observation which will inevitably bring back memories and sharpen them in a pleasant and thought provoking fashion. The biggest disappointment of the book is the manner of its printing which has resulted in numerous spelling errors, horrible layout and no index. Perhaps this edition is better than never reading the book, but the complete absence of illustrations and maps (that are present in the original) together with the numerous errors cheapen it almost to the point where it is not worth buying. First, try to find an original edition, failing that, buy this version just to appreciate how much more balanced the Victorians were both as travelers and book publishers than we are today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Prose; delightful read. April 21, 2011
Format:Hardcover
My copy of this book, purchased through Amazon is a beautiful old hardcover by David McKay, Publisher; Philadelphia. it contains a preface to the Second Edition. This is a little volume I'll cherish for years to come. The prose is very simply delightful. It's clean and eloquent and effortlessly descriptive. I'm seeing the Nile and the desert through Ms. Edwards' eyes. Highly recommended for anyone who savors, as I do, these nineteenth century travel books. The engravings are quite beautiful. I dip into this all the time, and leave the world behind. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A long slog up the Nile, with Amelia Peabody's prototype December 28, 2009
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If you're a fan of the Amelia Peabody books, this appears to be where it all began. Right down to the dahabeeyah named Philae.

I only read about a third of this book before my attention wandered. And since I knew the real woman would not be meeting Emerson, I knew I'd only end up disappointed. But if you really want to know what travel on the Nile was like at this time period, what a great book. The author has a unique sensibility reminiscent of our Amelia P.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Amelia Peabody Fans April 10, 2012
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If you are a fan of Elizabeth Peters heroine Amelia Peabody you will love this book. It's old fashioned prose which many people may not care for but if you like the Peabody mysteries you will recognize the 'voice' and the descriptions of the ride up the Nile. I enjoyed it so much I had to start re-reading the Peabody series again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor
The Norton Creek Press paperback edition (2008) – ISBN 978-0981928425 – is described by Amazon to be “a reproduction of the illustrated 1890 edition by Routledge and Sons. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Diotima
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful find for fans of Amelia Peabody Emerson!
I can't speak to the several reviewers who commented to the fact that not all the chapters of the book have been published, since I've only begun it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beckett Shiona
3.0 out of 5 stars maybe I bought the wrong edition
This edition seemed to fit my interest, but I didn't realize that the pages are actually printed in what looks like manuscript form, which is to say much of the print is faded as... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Eugenia Parrish
1.0 out of 5 stars Print on this copy horrible
The book I am sure is great! I just cant read this copy,,horrible printing, I plan on buying the book again in a readable copy...
Published 14 months ago by Rebecca Malloy
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating
Educational of the times and of the NIle and surrounding ruins. Good humoured adventure of an adventurous woman and her friends
Published 16 months ago by Phil from Downunder
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read of a woman's journey up the Nile
The story starts out very interesting but gets bogged down a little later. I believe that the Amelia Peabody mysteries have used this Amelia as inspiration. Read more
Published 17 months ago by S. Femmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical reference
I haven't actually read this all the way through. I got it because of its relationship to Amelia Peabody. I do plan to read it, but just not all at once. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Eva
3.0 out of 5 stars Messy Kindle edition
The Kindle edition of this wonderful description of Amelia Edwards' voyage has some good points. It has an interactive table of contents (a big plus) and the original... Read more
Published on April 7, 2012 by John Everard
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Amelia Peabody
As a fan of the Amelia Peabody mystery series I could not resist this book. The author is clearly the basis of the series but is the true story. Read more
Published on November 8, 2011 by Lori Blain
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
This account of Egypt and the Nile is wonderfully descriptive and in-depth. It also tells the story of a time in Egypt when tourism on the Nile was something new and... Read more
Published on March 11, 2010 by Thomas O'Riordan
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