London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1835. Hardcover. Quarto. xix (i), 367 (1)pp., 54 plates, incl. frontispiece, 1 folding map. Rebacked in contemporary calf retaining original calf boards, with gilt ruling on cover, decorative on spine and gilt lettering to red label of spine. Marbled edges and endpapers. Frontispiece engraving with tissue guard. Illustrated with 54 lithographs and 35 in-text wood engravings featuring temples, pyramids of Meroe, Gibel-El-Birkel, Solib, etc., from drawings finished on the spot, by the author and an artist employed by him (Luchese Bandoni), as well as plans. Some of the plates folding or double pages. Six illustrations rendered in color, four of those chromolithographed double pages, two color lithographs hightened by hand. Contains observations by the author during his 1833 journey into the higher parts of Ethiopia.
"...Ethiopia, above the second cataract, including the metropolis of the ancient kingdom Meroe, had bee explored by very few Europeans, and only two Englishmen; yet it abounds with monuments rivaling those of Egypt in grandeur and beauty, and possessing, in some respect, a superior interest. According to Heeren, Champollion, Rosellini, and other eminent inquirers, whose judgment was confirmed by my own observations, this was the land whence the arts and learning of Egypt, and ultimately of Greece and Rome, derived their origin." (Preface). Binding with some wear along edges of retained boards, with some chips, scuffing and water staining to retained boards. The water staining visible along tops of most plates, while block doesn't show the staining. The stains in margins of plates affecting only few of the images lightly. Light foxing to free endpapers and back of folding map. Block with light age-toning to margins. Binding and interior in overall good to good+ condition. g to g+. Item #46073