Le Caire: Imprimerie de l'Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale, 1911. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. xxiii, , 215, pp. (Text) (Vol. 1); , 8, clxix (169) + A-I (9) leaves (Plates) (Vol. 2). Modern green cloth library binding, with gold lettering to spines. Title pages in red and black lettering.
Illustrated with no less than 178 illustrated and photo-illustrated plates reproduced in photogravure, this important 2-vol. set by Sir Gaston Camille Charles Maspero, the renown French archaeologist, sinologist and Scholar of East Asia, shows the author's great interest in Nubia and its treasures that were too often abandoned to oblivion. Maspero was the Director General of the Department of Antiquities of Egypt when he wrote this work.
"Throughout his position, he never ceased to raise the issue of dangers to the Nubian temples caused by the rising of the height of the first dam built at Aswan. He was the first to fight for saving the great temples anticipating what would become a truly global mobilization by more than half a century." (For more information, see: The New Millenium Collection: Abu Simbel, Aswan and the Nubian Temples, Ed. Bonechi).
Minor shelf wear. Ex-library copies with stickers at tail of spine and upper front joint of each volume, with bookplate on inside of each front cover, pocket on inside of back covers, and stamps at top and lower paper edges. Minor age-toning throughout. Text in French. Bindings in overall good+, interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #44443