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Adventures in Egypt and Nubia Hardcover – October 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0714118031 ISBN-10: 0714118036 Edition: First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714118036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714118031
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This work of bibliography and history tells the story of pioneer Egyptologist William Banks (1786 - 1855), the heir of the Kingston Lacy estate in Dorset. From 1815 to 1819 he journeyed through Egypt and the Middle East compiling a huge portfolio of manuscripts, notes, drawings and paintings by himself and artists with him. The accuracy of these makes it a unique and valuable record of ancient inscriptions and monuments that are now damaged or lost.

Besides describing his travels with frequent quotes from his correspondence, the book also appraises his substantial contribution to Egyptology. The chapters follow his life from his political career in the UK through his travels in Egypt, Nubia, the Sinai, Syria, Greece, Asia Minor to Jerusalem, Petra, the Dead Sea plus his subsequent explorations down the Nile. The 2nd Nubian voyage reached the second cataract and the third reached the ruins of Meroe. Chapter 12 looks at his collection and his legacy.

The quotes from his notes and correspondence are often humorous, provide insight into the people and places that he visited and open a window on the England of his time and the contacts that existed between various famous explorers of the Near East. The book has a Chronology of Egyptian rulers from the predynastic period to Roman times, a Glossary, copious Notes, an extensive Bibliography and an index.

The real treasure of the book is the plates, a set of about 112 drawings, paintings and photographs. These are in colour and black & white and includes inter alia portraits of Bankes and Lord Byron, drawings by Bankes, Henry Salt and Henry W Beechey and paintings by Louis Maurice Linant and Alessandro Ricci.
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By K Miller on June 14, 2014
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This book will appeal to anyone interested in the studies of history or archaeology. I found it to be informative and useful in learning of ancient Egypt and Nubia. There is not much known or published about Nubia so this book is a good resource.
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