A Brief Account of the Researches and Discoveries in Upper Egypt, Made Under the Direction of Henry Salt, Esq.: To Which is Added a Detailed Catalogue of Mr. Salt's Collection of Egyptian AntiquitiesPaperback Cambridge Library Collection - Egyptology
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- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 302 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 23mm | 295g
- Publication date: 29 April 2014
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 1108074715
- ISBN 13: 9781108074711
- Illustrations note: 12 b/w illus.
Originally named Demetrio Papandriopulo and of Greek parentage, Giovanni D'Athanasi (1798-1854) became in 1815 the servant of Henry Salt (1780-1827), the traveller and antiquary who became British Consul in Egypt and a pioneer Egyptologist. (An account by J. J. Halls of Salt's life and career is also reissued in this series.) Between 1817 and 1827, D'Athanasi excavated on Salt's behalf at Thebes. Published in 1836, this book was intended to accompany the sale of the collection of antiquities amassed by Salt, in which D'Athanasi had a financial interest, but various delays meant that it came out after the main sale had taken place. As well as an often diverting account (in which many axes are ground) of Salt's activities at Giza, Thebes, Memphis and Abu Simbel, the book contains a complete catalogue of the collection, indicating which items were later acquired by the British Museum.
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Table of contents
1. Domestic history of the author; 2. M. Calliaud's pretended discovery of the city of Berenice; 3. Arrive at the Nile; 4. Departure of Messrs Banks and Beechey for England; 5. Relics found in the temple of Karnak; 6. Rolls of papyrus used by the priests and wealthier classes; 7. Tombs at Gheezeh; 8. Misunderstanding between M. Calliaud and the author; 9. Interesting particulars of the appearance of a tomb on first being discovered; 10. A few observations on the customs and manners of the Arabs; Appendix; Catalogue of Mr Salt's collection of Egyptian antiquities.