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The Royal Tombs of Egypt: The Art of Thebes Revealed Hardcover – November 27, 2006
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If I have to make one complaint it would be that there are not enough images of the tomb of Nefertari, and perhaps also the tomb of Seti I. The images that there are are quite selective and do not give an overall impression of their beauty. Admittedly, the focus is on the Valley of The Kings, but Nefertari was a queen and henceforth royal, too.
All in all, this is a MUST have book for anyone who loves Egypt.
Don't judge this book by the cover on the Amazon page. The cover is rather bland, colorwise, in contrast to the spectacular color illustrations.
The description says there are 30 foldouts -- but it doesn't say that these are huge foldouts--several pages long.
The thoughts that ran through my mind as I looked at the book were, "this is a cultural achievement -- the greatest tribute to the Royal Tombs of Egypt yet paid in modern history" and "surely this is a labor of love by Zahi Hawass, Director of Egyptian Antiquities."
For $65 (the original US price), this book is a bargain -- and even more so with the discounted price (as of this writing) of only $41.
The second great thing about this book is its text. Unlike some coffee-table books, SCA Director Zahi Hawass actually explains in detail what you are seeing in all those beautiful photographs. It is like speaking with an expert in Egypt's religion of the afterlife, right there in the tombs themselves, who is pointing everything out to you on the wall as he goes. I've been there and done that, but reading this book I discovered a _lot_ of things that I had missed the first time around!
Beware, though - this is not a book to be read casually curled in a recliner. This is a "coffee table book" that you will want to have on a stable surface as you read it. It's heavy. The large foldout photographs need support at the same time that the book itself does. An added bonus - it's right there whenever you're tempted to tour Egyptian tombs!
I'm ashamed to admit that I've still not read all of the text, even though I've gone through the book several times. I get lost in the visual impact of the photographs.
If you love art, history, Egypt, or just flat out great photograhpy, get this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book about Egyptian Royal tombs and the meaning behind them is an absolute must for anyone anywhere to have. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Daniel G. Madigan
A sumptuous book on the tombs, where the photographs and plethora of glorious fold-outs are worth the cover price alone. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. H. C. Orr
When I ordered this book I waited with anticipation and I was well rewarded. Especially the fold-out for King Tut's tomb wall. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Renee' K.