London: Harrison & Sons, 1896. Second limited edition. Hardcover. 1/500, out of series. Large Quarto. xii, 361 (1)pp., 40 plates. original three quarter black leather over textured green buckram with gilt ruling on covers and gilt lettering on spine; raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Foldout frontispiece. Red and black title page. All text pages, including title page with red border.
The collection of Egyptian Antiquities of which some account is given in the following pages were acquired by Lady Meux in 1882, 1895–6. They contain a number of very important objects, among which the following are worthy of special note:–(1.) limestone slabs from tombs of officials who flourished in the IVth and Vth dynasties, and four fine sepulchral stelae inscribed with hymns to the Sun-god from Akhmim. (2.) The rectangular wooden coffin of An-heru, inscribed in hieratic with Chapters from the Book of the Dead. This coffin was made in the XIth dynasty, about B.C. 2600, or earlier, and belongs to the class represented by the Coffin of Amamu in the British Museum. (3.) A magnificently painted coffin of an unnamed member of the confraternity of the priests of Amen-Ra at Thebes. (4.) The mummy and coffin of Nes-Amsu, the second prophet of the god Amsu, and prophet of the god Khonsu at Apu (the panopolis of the Greeks, represented today by the modern town of Akhmim in Upper Egypt), about B.C. 350..." (Budge). Illustrated with 40 lithographic plates and hieroglyphs.
Spine sunned with library sticker at tail. Binding with some wear along edges, some scuffing of leather and library barcode on front cover. Library plate on inside front cover. Light foxing of frontispiece foldout, and first five pages. Sporadic light foxing throughout. library index card glued to lower inside back cover. Binding in overall good-, interior in good+ to very good condition. g- to vg. Item #43485