Le Caire: Imprimerie de l'Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale, 1904-1906. First edition. Hardcover. Folio (13 1/4 x 10"). viii, 238, pp (Text), lvii (57) leaves (Plates) (Vol. 1); 207, pp (Text) (Vol. 2). Modern blue cloth library binding, with gold lettering to spines. Both title pages in red and black lettering.
Splendidly illustrated with numerous in-text figs and 57 illustrated and photographic plates reproduced in photogravure, Pierre Lacau's 2-vol. set is a complete illustrated catalogue of Egyptian sarcophagi before the New Kingdom.
All plates are bound at the end of the first volume.
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 closed tears along fore-edge of each half-title, with the one in first volume covered with tape. Minor to moderate foxing and age-toning throughout. Text in French. Bindings in overall very good, interior in good+ to very good condition. g to vg. Item #44472
Pierre Lacau (1873-1963) was a French Egyptologist and philologist. He served as Egypt's director of antiquities from 1914 until 1936, and oversaw the 1922 discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings by Howard Carter.