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BELZONI, Giovanni Battista (1778--1823)
Narrative of the operations and recent discoveries within the pyramids, temples, tombs, and excavations, in Egypt and Nubia; and of a journey to the coast of the Red Sea, in search of the ancient Berenice; and another to the oasis of Jupiter Ammon. By G. Belzoni.
London: John Murray, 1820.
xix, [1], 483, [1] p., litho. frontis. port., [1] engr. pl. ; 28.3 cm. (4°)

The description of the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I (pp. 235--6), discovered by Belzoni in 1817 and purchased by Soane in 1824, was quoted in Soane's Description of the House and Museum, 1832, p. xvii. The frontispiece portrait of Belzoni drawn on stone by M. Gauci and the 21 plates (on 14 leaves) lithographed by Charles Hullmandel in the companion volume of Plates illustrative ... (q.v.), are some of the earliest lithographic illustrations to be published. See Michael Twyman, Lithography 1800--1850, 1970, pp. 188--89. For an account of the publication of the Narrative see Stanley Mayes, The great Belzoni (London 1959), pp. 151--3. See also the Description of the Egyptian tomb, discovered by G. Belzoni, 1821 (q.v.), a pamphlet issued on the occasion of Belzoni's exhibition at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly. Includes 'Mrs. Belzoni's Trifling Account Of The Women Of Egypt, Nubia, And Syria', pp. 441--483. BAL, Early printed books, no. 246.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil with page references on the front free-endpaper and marginal notes in the text, including one on p. 236 noting that the sarcophagus of Seti I is now in Sir John Soane's Museum. These pencil inscriptions are by Joseph Bonomi junior (1796--1878), the distinguished Egyptologist and second curator of Sir John Soane's Museum, whose initials appear on a note on p. 259. For an account of the publication of the Narrative see Stanley Mayes, The great Belzoni (London 1959), pp. 151--3. See also the Description of the Egyptian tomb, discovered by G. Belzoni, 1821 (q.v.), a pamphlet issued on the occasion of Belzoni's exhibition at the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly.

Binding Original C19th grey paper boards, white paper spine, printed paper spine-label reading 'Belzoni's Researches And Operations In Egypt And Nubia. £2. 2s.'.

Reference Number 1675


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