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KINGS AND QUEENS OF ANCIENT EGYPT. Portraits - Egypt] Various authors; [Illus. B - 9999. 
[London;] New York [Hodder and Stoughton, Limited] for Scribners nd - First edition, first printing, bound and printed in the UK. With15 fine tipped-in colour plates and 3 photographs by Winifred Brunton. 4to, original light golden-brown cloth lettered and decorated on the spines in gilt, upper covers decorated in gilt at the borders and with a central gilt ornamental device with colours all in an Egyptian motif, preserved in the original printed dustjacket decorated with a tipped on plate in colours of one of the pharoahs. 163. A very fine and bright copy, internally, very well preserved, colour plates in lovely condition and retaining their original tissue-guards, the dustjacket also beautifully preserved. FIRST EDITION, SCARCE IN THE DUSTJACKET IN FINE CONDITION AND A BEAUTIFUL BOOK. This is a fascinating collection of modern portraits of the monarchs of ancient Egypt. Brunton studied the mummies in the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo and learned how the body decomposes through the mummification process. She attempted to recreate life-like representations taking into account the normal changes that would have taken place. When available, she also consulted statues of the Pharaohs and tried to distill facial similarities between them. The portraits that resulted from her studies included in this book are indeed realistic and worth viewing. She includes flesh and blood images of Khafra, Pepy I, Amenemhat III, Queen Tetisheri,Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Nefertete, Rameses II and III, and many others. James Breasted offers a foreward, and numerous Egyptologists add insightful biographies for each portrait. Terence Gray, Guy Brunton, Professor T.E. Peet, and Professor Margaret Murray number amongst the scholars who contributed to this work. AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF EGYPTOLOGY. Includes an essay on "The Reliability of Egyptian Portrait-Sculpture In The Round and In Relief." For this book the authors have tried to construct authentic portraits of Egypt's rulers from the details available on funerary portraits, stelae, and other ancient sculpture and painting. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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