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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (June 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008G1JJPM
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,487,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to the Printed Access Code edition.

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The prose is very simply delightful.
Anne Rice
The biggest disappointment of the book is the manner of its printing which has resulted in numerous spelling errors, horrible layout and no index.
Akhaleet
I enjoyed it so much I had to start re-reading the Peabody series again.
Bellamy Station

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sastenio on August 2, 2008
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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert Plamondon on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By HSC on July 16, 2009
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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 By Akhaleet on 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 By Anne Rice on April 21, 2011
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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 By Diotima on July 19, 2014
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Since "A Thousand Miles Up The Nile" is long out of copyright, there are many dodgy digital scan reproductions.

The reputable editions are as follows:

* The Darf Publishers (London) hardcover edition (1993) - ISBN 978-1850772279 - which is a facsimile of the Second Revised Edition of 1888. The pages (xxviii + 499) are sewn together in quires.

* The Norton Creek Press paperback edition (2008) - ISBN 978-0981928425 - which is "a reproduction of the illustrated 1890 edition by Routledge and Sons."

Amazon's "Look inside" reproduces the paperback edition of 2008 for both the Paperback and Hardcover formats. My copy of the Darf Publishers hardcover edition is exactly the same as this particular "Look inside".

The Kindle Edition has a different "Look inside".

The really bad reviews are for the "Classic Reprint" edition (2012) - ASIN B008G1JJPM - published by Forgotten Books. The "Look inside" for this paperback is actually the "Look inside" for the Norton Creek Press 2008 paperback edition.
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