4031: Egypt/Amelia Edwards: A Thousand Miles up the Nil
"A Thousand Miles up the Nile". 12 mo., 303 pp., with 28 albumen prints (4 by G. Lekegian), most circa 9,5 x 13 cm. Contemporary half-vellum with elaborate spine gilt, edges stained red. Leipzig, Bernhard Tauchnitz 1878.
Amelia Edwards and her companion Lucy Renshawe were true Victorian adventurers. In 1870 they travelled to Egypt and sailed up the Nile to Abu Simbel. There Edwards spent six weeks in the first general archaeological survey of Egypts's ruins - excavating at the Temple of Ramses II. Her animated and engaging account of the trip was published by Longman in a trade edition as "A Thousand Miles Up the Nile" in 1877. It instantly became another best seller and remains one of the great travel books of our time. Originally published without any plates, only this publisher's presentation deluxe binding contains the superb early views of Egypt and is the first contintenal edition. This copy has a signed and dedicated card by the author tipped to verso of the fly leaf. - A few of the prints slightly faded, otherwise in excellent condition.