CLASSIC OF EGYPTOLOGY
Carter, Howard. The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen
FIRST EDITIONS OF
ALL THREE VOLUMES
of Carter's description of one the greatest archaeological finds of all
time: the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen.
"About 1907 [Carter] began his association with
the 5th earl of Carnarvon, a collector of antiquities who had sought out
Carter to supervise excavations in the valley. On November 4, 1922,
Carter found the first sign of what proved to be Tutankhamen's tomb, but
it was not until November 26 that a second sealed doorway was reached,
behind which were the treasures" (Britannica). Carter has
written a vivid description of the dramatic moment of discovery:
"At first I could see nothing, the
hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle to flicker, but
presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room
emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues and gold -
everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment - an eternity it must have
seemed to others standing by - I was struck dumb with amazement, and
when Lord Carnavon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired
anxiously 'Can you see anything?', it was all I could do to get out the
words 'Yes, wonderful things'."
Cassell & Company, 1923-27-33. Thick octavo, original brown cloth. Three
volumes. All three volumes in excellent condition and complete, with the
full complement of 413 illustrated and photographic plates. Occasional
scattered foxing; Vol II with spotting to spine; Vol III slightly cocked
and hinges tender (but holding). Small Cairo, Egypt bookseller sticker on
two pastedowns. Cloth generally very clean with gilt exceptionally bright.
An unusually well-preserved set of a first edition that is difficult to
obtain in collectible condition. $3800.