A pioneering British anthropologist, Lane first went to Egypt in 1825, where he learned both classical and colloquial Arabic and began amassing and assessing his impressions and observations of everyday life at a time when European influences had not yet permeated the society. Originally part of a larger project to be called Description of Egypt, the first edition of this work appeared in 1836 and explored every aspect of life in 19th-century Egypt, from government to beliefs. A second edition in 1837 was basically a reprint of the first, while the fifth in 1860 was the final revision prepared by Lane himself, the culmination of four decades of research and scholarship. A posthumous edition, published in 1895, was based not on this definitive fifth, but on the third edition, with many significant omissions. The American University in Cairo Press has fortuitously reprinted the 1860 edition of this classic of Middle Eastern studies, respected equally by both Western and Egyptian scholars. The introduction by Jason Thompson provides the full bibliographical and biographical context, and Lane himself produced the 131 line drawings. Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.