Letters from Egypt: A Journey on the Nile, 1849-1850

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Letters From Egypt is Florence's only publication not concerned with nursing. The letters reveal her as an energetic and sympathetic young woman with her life before her---but in places it is difficult not to read more into her observations, as when she described the hardships of the nun with whom she travelled to Alexandria.
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B&W photos and color art reproductions New York 1987 Hardcover 1st American Edition New in New jacket Book CONDITION: UNREAD, but perused on shelf, 1987 Weidenfeld hardcover ... (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first American edition, first printing. B&W era photos; color art repros; and maps. Excellent picture of Egypt before totally ruined by amateur archaeologists and tourists. CONTENT: "Yes, my dear people, I have set my first footfall in the East, and oh! that I could tell you the new world of old poetry, of Bible images, of light, and life, and beauty which that word opens." Florence Nightingale was twenty-nine when she visited Egypt in the winter of 1849-50 with her friends Charles and Selina Bracebridge. A journey to the fabled land of the Arabian Nights was a fantastic adventure at that time, and Florence wrote long, picturesque letters to her family describing her visit and her views of the country, its history and its people. These letters were edited and privately printed by her sister, Par Read more Show Less

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1988 Hard cover American ed. New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 223 p. Audience: General/trade.

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Letters From Egypt is Florence's only publication not concerned with nursing. The letters reveal her as an energetic and sympathetic young woman with her life before her---but in places it is difficult not to read more into her observations, as when she described the hardships of the nun with whom she travelled to Alexandria.
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Nightingale, well known for her dedication to and reform of nursing, was also a prolific letter writer. In November 1849 she spent five months sailing from Alexandria to Abu Simbel and back. On that journey she wrote many letters to her family in England, vividly and in great detail describing the ruins, the environment, the lives of the people, and the politics of Egypt. The letters were ``circulated'' by her sister in 1854 and are now published for the first time. Many sketches and colored paintings of 19th-century Egypt appropriately illustrate the narrative. A visually and intellectually satisfying book recommended to academic and large public libraries. Kathleen Farago, Lakewood P.L., Ohio
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  • ISBN-13: 9781555842048
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/1988
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Pages: 224

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