NILE BOAT, GLIMPSES OF THE LAND OF EGYPT - 1st Ed 1851 ILLUSTRATED ANCIENT EGYPT
THE NILE BOAT, OR GLIMPSES OF THE LAND OF EGYPT
Book Details + Condition: First American edition from 1851, the first edition being published in London in 1849. New York: Harper and Brothers. Original elaborately decorated gilt-stamped on rose red cloth laid onto rebound modern red simulated leather binding, with gilt lettering on spine. (Most issues of this work appear rebound.) Strong endpapers added. Top edge gilt. 218 pages, with 35 engravings on separate pages with tissue protectors. Includes a map of Egypt and 17 woodcuts of 19th century Egyptian antiquities. Nile boats, the sphinx, pyramids and more fill this wonderful work. Also includes maps, in-line illustrations and one 2-page Views of Alexandria. Historical introduction by Samuel Sharpe. William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854) was a British artist, best known for his numerous steel engravings. Bartlett's primary concern was to render "lively impressions of actual sights", as he wrote in the preface to THE NILE BOAT. Tight binding; some spots of foxing throughout (more a product of the paper of the time); name inscription on front endpaper; old faded water stain on many pages; text is otherwise unmarked.