- Hardcover: 136 pages
- Publisher: Histories & Mysteries of Man; Revised edition (October 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1854170511
- ISBN-13: 978-1854170514
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,133,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh Hardcover – October 1, 1990
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A pioneering Egyptologist, Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) excavated over fifty sites, trained a generation of archaeologists, and brought his subject to a wider audience. Published in 1883, this landmark survey includes the first accurate measurements of the Great Pyramid of Giza. These findings are still used as a reference. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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In cases where the original plates were folded over to accommodate their larger size, the publisher merely copied the folded over sheet, which in most cases shows as a large blank area obliterating parts of the author's original figures and diagrams. Some Scholarly Edition !!!
Also, on the bottom of many pages there are images of gorilla fingers created by the worker who held the original work against the face of the digital scanner. Such disrespect of a classic.
My paperback copy of ‘The Pyramids And Temples of Gizeh’ (ISBN 978 1432 528263) was printed in the United States by Kessinger Publishing’s Legacy Reprints. It measures 23.5 x 19.0 x 1.5 cm (9¼ x 7½ x ½ inches). It is a facsimile of the text of the 1883 first edition published by Field & Tuer, Ye Leadenhall Presse of London and Scribner & Welford of New York. It does not include the 16 plates, 16 plans and foldout charts of the original. The only illustration in this edition is that of the Frontispiece ‘The Nine Pyramids of Gizeh, From The South’.
The pages are numbered as follows:
Contents vii – x
List of Plates (I – XVI) xi
Introduction xiii – xvi
Chapters I to XXII pp. 1 – 222
Appendices pp. 223 – 244
Index pp. 245 – 249
Amazon.com gives 266 pages (i.e. xvi + 250) and shows a different cover.
For some inextricable reason the even-numbered pages are reproduced with a dark grey background which does not improve legibility.
Amazon’s ‘Look inside ¬’ shows a different facsimile produced by Elibron Classics (which is a trademark of Adamant Media Corporation) © 2007 (ISBN 978 1421 264035). It seems to be identical with the Kessinger facsimile except that there are no pages with a dark grey background.
John Romer in his 2007 book ‘The Great Pyramid’ refers to a second "revised" edition published in 1885 but notes that it "lacks some of the data and plans of the first edition and has greatly attenuated text".
There is a hardcover facsimile of the 1885 edition with an update by Zahi Hawass published by Michael Sanders (ISBN 1854170514) in 1990 with only 135 pages and 9 plates. It is bound in maroon coloured faux leather.
In 2013 Cambridge University Press produced a 288-page digitally printed paperback version with the ISBNumber 978 1108 065726. It is available from the Book Depository ($37.00 including free delivery worldwide) and amazon.co.uk (£19.99) where it can be viewed on ‘Look inside ¬’. It has the 16 plates of the 1883 original but at the same size as the book.
If I hadn’t already bought a copy of ‘The Pyramids And Temples of Gizeh’ in 2007 I would buy the Cambridge University Press version and eschew all of the other opportunistic ORC reproductions.