London: The Egypt Exploration Fund, 1911, 1912. Ex-Library First Edition. Hardcover. Folio. viii, 94pp., xxxv plates; xii, (3) 80pp., xlviii plates. Original ochre half cloth over gray boards with black lettering on cover and spine.
"James Bruce, the discoverer of the Abyssinian sources of the Nile, was the first of modern travellers to recognize the true limits and position of the Island of Meroe, a region roughly equale in area to Ireland, enclosed by the Atbara, the Nile, the Blue Nile and its tributaries." (Crowfoot on Meroë).
"No Meroitic inscriptions have hitherto been found in Egypt north of the First Cataract, nor in the Sudan southwards of Sôba on the Blue Nile. They have nowhere been recorded west of the valley of the Nile, nor far eastward, whether on the shores of the Red Sea or amongst the graffiti of caravans and gold miners in the desert. Their most easterly locality is at present Umm Sôda in the Island of Meroe, about one hundred miles from the Nile." (Griffith on Meroë inscriptions part I.) Illustrated with maps, plans, measured drawings, .inscriptions, incl. reproductions of Professor Breadsted's photographs and one folding plate of Meroitic inscriptions at Philae. List of publications of the Egypt Exploration Fund offered on inside back and back cover.
"In the south-eastern section, so also in the northern, the collections of originals, squeezes and copies made by Lepsius and preserved at Berlin or published in the 'Denkmäler' are the principal foundation of the memoir; but in these more accessible regions travellers have been numerous, and the sources are therefore more varied... The present volume contains the Meroitic inscriptions of the north-western region along the Nile Valley from the Fourth Cataract to Philae, and completes the 'Corpus' by the addition of those preserved in Museums of which the provenance is more or less uncertain." (Griffith on Meroitic Inscriptions Part II). Illustrated with maps, plans, inscriptions, incl. reproductions of Professor Breadsted's photographs and one folding plate of Meroitic inscriptions at Philae. List of publications of the Egypt Exploration Fund offered on inside back and back cover.
Both bindings with library stickers, library bookplates on inside front covers, library pockets and numeric stamps on back free endpapers, and library stamps to top and bottom of edges. Some light wear along edges of binding, two small water stains, minor at first volume, at bottom of front and back covers, some sunning along foredge, lighter at first volume. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #44536