Description of Egypt: Notes and Views in Egypt and Nubia

Overview

The launching of this hitherto unpublished book by the great nineteenth-century British traveler Edward William Lane (1801-76), a name known to almost everyone in all the many fields of Middle East studies, is a major publishing event. Lane was the author of a number of highly influential works: An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians (1836), his translation of The Thousand and One Nights (1839-41), Selections from the Kur-an (1843), and the Arabic-English Lexicon (1863-93). Yet one of his ...

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Overview

The launching of this hitherto unpublished book by the great nineteenth-century British traveler Edward William Lane (1801-76), a name known to almost everyone in all the many fields of Middle East studies, is a major publishing event. Lane was the author of a number of highly influential works: An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians (1836), his translation of The Thousand and One Nights (1839-41), Selections from the Kur-an (1843), and the Arabic-English Lexicon (1863-93). Yet one of his greatest works was never published: after years of labor and despite an enthusiastic reception by the publishing firm of John Murray in 1831, publication of his first book, Description of Egypt, was delayed and eventually dropped, mainly for financial reasons. The manuscript was sold to the British Library by Lane's widow in 1891, and has only now been salvaged for publication by Dr. Jason Thompson, nearly 170 years after its completion.
This enormously important book, which takes the form of a journey through Egypt from north to south, with descriptions of all the ancient monuments and contemporary life that Lane explored along the way, will be of immense interest to both ancient and modern historians of Egypt, and will become an essential companion to his Manners and Customs.
''Jason Thompson's exact and dedicated edition deserves much praise.''-Astene Newsletter, June 2002.
''Thompson, a historian at AUC, has done signal service in taking a manuscript dating from 1831 and preparing it for publication so many years later; AUC Press deserves praise for making so major a work available, and at so reasonable a price.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.
''In all, the appearance of this major work of scholarship at this late date is a major boon to the study of Egypt's history between the pharaohs and 18280.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.

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Editorial Reviews

A.M. Dodson
It is difficult to praise this book too much- both as a publication of a vintage manuscript, and for its own original conception.... is a must for any serious Egyptologist.
From The Critics
Edited and with an informative introduction by Jason Thompson, Description Of Egypt: Notes And Views In Egypt And Nubia Made During The Years 1825-28 is the absorbing nineteenth century account by Edward William Lane (1801-1876) of his travels along the length and breadth of Egypt. It was offered for publication in 1831 but never saw print. The manuscript was sold to the British Library by Lane's widow in 1891 and only now has been published, some 170 years after its completion. With Lane's detailed descriptions of all the ancient monuments and contemporary life that he saw during his journey, Description Of Egypt will proof an invaluable reference for students of Egyptology, Egyptian history, and nineteenth century Egyptian culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789774245251
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Pages: 786
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Thompson

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Editor’s Introduction A Note on the Text and the Illustrations

Descriptions of Egypt

Introduction
1. The Harbours and City of Alexandria
2. The Environs of Alexandria
3. Voyage from Alexandria to the Nile
4. Physical Sketch of Egypt
5. Reshee’d, or Rosetta
6. Voyage up the Branch of Reshee’d
7. The Eastern Branch of the Nile, and the adjacent districts, & c
8. Historical Illustrations of the Topography of Musr (or Cairo)
9. Boo’la’ck
10. Description of Musr (or Cairo)
11. The Citadel of Musr, or Cairo
12. The Environs of Masr, or Cairo
13. The Moos’lim Dynasties in Egypt
14. History of Mohham’mad ’Al’ee, and of the remarkable events which have taken place in Egypt since its evacuation by the French, in the year 1801
15. The Pyramids of El-Gee’zeh
16. The Pyramids of Ab’oo Seer, Sack’cka’rah, and Dah’shoo’r, and the site, remains, &c., of the City of Memphis
17. Ordinary circumstances of the Voyage up the Nile
18. From Musr to Ben’ee Soowey’f
19. El-Feiyoo’m
20. From Ben’ee Soowey’f to El-Min’yeh
21. El-Min’yeh, Ben’ee Hhas’an, and Antinoë
22. Hermopolis Magna, &c., to Asyoo’t
23. Asyoo’t, &c., -- Den’dar’a
24. Ggir’ga, Abydos, & c. -- to Thebes
25. Ckin’ë, Ckooft, Ckoo’s, &c., to Thebes
26. Thebes
27. Armen’t, &c. -- Is’na
28. Eilethyia -- Ad’foo
29. Geb’el es-Sil’sil’eh -- Ko’m Oom’boo, &C., to Aswa’n
30. Elephantine, Aswa’n, the Cataracts, &c.
31. Philæ, and its environs
32. The Nubians
33. Debo’d, and Ckurda’she, &c.
34. Ta’feh and Ckala’b’sheh
35. Dendoo’r, Gur’f Hhosey’n, Dek’keh, &c.
36. Wa’dee es-Sooboo’a, Hhassa’yeh, and Ed-Dir’r
37. Ibree’m, &c. -- to Ab’oo Sim’bel
38. Ab’oo Sim’bel, Absem’bel
39. From Ab’oo Sim’bel to Wa’dee Hhal’fa Supplement. On the Ancient Egyptians
1. Their origins and physical characteristics.
2. Origin of the civilization of Egypt.
3. On Hieroglyphics.
4. Religion and Laws.
5. The Priesthood.
6. The Kings.
7. The Military Caste.
8. The Inferior Castes.
9. General manners and customs, &c.
10. Sacred Architecture, Sculpture, &c.
11. Agriculture, &c.
12. Manufactures and Commerce.

List of Illustrations Bibliography

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