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Life of Rekhmara - CARTER Howard NEWBERRY Percy - 1900. 
1900 - (EGYPT) NEWBERRY, Percy. The Life of Rekhmara. Vez├«r of Upper Egypt under Thothmes III and Amenhetep II (circa B.C. 1471-1448). Westminster: Archibald Constable, 1900. Tall quarto, original half brown cloth, tan paper boards. $6800.First edition of preeminent Egyptologist Newberry's pioneering work on his excavation of the Theban Necropolis, praised as certain to "shed a flood of light on the nature and methods of internal administration under the Pharaohs of the 18th century. Rekhmara was governor of Thebes and vizier of Upper Egypt in the reigns of Thothmes III and Amenhetop II." This exceptionally important presentation/association copy is inscribed in the year of publication by Newberry to his then assistant, fellow Egyptologist Howard Carter, who would later discover the Tomb of Tutankhamen: "To my old friend Howard Carter. With the author's sincere respect. 10/12/00" [with a flourish]. Containing 22 full-page plates, plans and hieroglyphics, including four folding and two double-page, in scarce original boards.Renowned Egyptologist Percy Newberry first traveled to Egypt in the early 1890s, where he "was placed in charge of the expedition which began work on the famous tombs of Beni Hasan and afterwards on other sites". Newberry, as a free-lance, carried out a survey of the Theban Necropolis (1895-1901) and later superintended a number of excavations, and advised on many others including those of Howard Carter" (DNB). Newbury had planned to publish the principal Private Tombs, but the projected series began and ended with The Life of Rekhmara" (Dawson, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 36:101) On publication of this influential pioneering work, Newberry was praised for introducing evidence certain to "shed a flood of light on the nature and methods of internal administration under the Pharaohs of the 18th dynasty. Rekhmara was governor of Thebes and vizier of Upper Egypt in the reigns of Thothmes III and Amenhetop II". We learn that Rekhmara judged both in civil and criminal cases, that he had to attend to the assessment and payment of taxes, as well as to the levying of troops". In a group of interesting scenes the occupations of Rekhmara in his position of steward of the Temple of Amen are depicted. As such, he had to superintend all buildings devoted to the god, as well as the revenues that accrued to the god's vast estates. Of about equal importance to that of these documents is a wall-painting representing the receipt of the taxes of Upper Egypt". Such are a few of the results to be gleaned from this important work" (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 30:18). "The text from the tomb of Rekhmara at Thebes". is one of the best known of Egyptian secular inscriptions". It was first published in 1900 by Newberry, The Life of Rekhmara, pls. 9 and 10, and his version is still of value" (Faulkner, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 41:18). Newberry's translation of the king's instructions to the vezir cites the king exhorting him "not to be 'mild, but severe in his orders'; not to be partial to the cause of the rich, or to make the slightest distinction between the wealthy and the poor, 'for every man is as every man'" (34). With 22 full-page plates, plans and hieroglyphics, including four folding and two double-page, along with an in-text map, full-page genealogical table and in-text illustrations. Recipient Howard Carter, a friend and colleague of Newberry, worked alongside Newberry on several key excavations in Egypt, and co-authored with Newberry, Maspero and Davis the seminal 1904 work, The Tomb of Thoutm├┤sis IV. The discovery of Tuthmosis' tomb led to a period of immensely fruitful excavations, culminating in Carter's 1922 discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen.Text and plates quite fresh, inner paper hinges reinforced, slight edge-wear and a bit of foxing to original boards. A most desirable extremely good presentation copy with a highly memorable association. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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