Cairo: Printed by Imprimerie Urwand Fils, 1954. Hardcover. Quarto. xv, 212pp., viii plates. Original tan cloth with green lettering on cover and spine, green vignette on cover, in original illustrated dustjacket, black lettering on spine. Frontispiece map of Ancient Egyptian Archaeological Sites. Edited by the author.
'Since Perrot and Chipiez's work on ancient Egyptian art in 1882 no comprehensive treatise on Egyptian Architecture has been written [at the time of publication]. Petrie's Egyptian Architecture in 1938, Clarke and Engelbach's rendering of ancient Egyptian masonry in 1930 and others cover restricted areas of the field of study questions from a special point of view. Badawy proposes a comprehensive study published in a series of titles when presenting this volume in 1954, to be followed by other volumes including the architecture in the Middle Kingdom, the New Kingdom, the Late Period, and on materials and methods of construction employed in each of these periods.' (From the Preface)
This volume presents materials from specialized publications on architecture and history of art not readily accessible and combines it with some 380 line drawings as well as some photographic documentation. Graphical evidence such as drawings and hieroglyphs has been included to a great extent as it was in Badawy's thesis. The volume covers prehistoric times and its domestic, religious and funerary architecture, the archaic period with military architecture added to the three categories just as is in the chapter on the Old Kingdom. The latter with an additional topic: Constructional features (IVth–VIth dynasties).
Numerous expertly rendered line drawings illustrate the features and peculiarities of the respective branches in their periods. Combined with plans, architectural drawings and eighteen reproductions of b/w photographs on glossy paper at rear, this volume on Egyptian architecture is a must stop for the student of architecture and collector. Bibliography and indices at rear. Brodart protected dustjacket with some flaws along edges, small chips and tears, sunning of spine and back, minor creasing, rubbing of back cover and a small triangular chip on the cover near upper spine, not affecting the image. Block age-toned and previous owner's name inked to front free endpaper: Miriam Lowenkron. Photographic plates fine. Good to fine condition. Item #48024