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LAYARD, Austen H.
Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon; With Travels in Armenia, Kurdistan and the Desert: Being the Result of a Second Expedition undertaken for the British Museum.
London: John Murray, 1853. Octavo (215 x 136 mm). Bound by J. Wright in red morocco, raised bands, titles and decorations to compartments gilt, boards with apkallu figure, stylised birds and double ruling in gilt, all edges gilt, yellow endpapers. Contemporary ownership signature on front free endpaper. Binding slightly rubbed and scuffed, text block foxed throughout, as usual, short splits along folds to a couple of the folding maps, short closed tear to margin of folding plan facing p. 67. A very good copy. Engraved folding frontispiece and 4 similar plates (all but one folding) depicting plans and elevations, one plate of inscriptions, 8 tinted lithographic plates, 2 engraved folding maps to rear, profuse wood-engraved illustrations to the text, several full-page. First edition. Layard's important second British Museum expedition "yielded further important trophies and discoveries, including the cuneiform library of Sennacherib's grandson Ashurbanipal, on which most modern knowledge of Assyrian culture is founded" (ODNB). "Apart from the archaeological value of his work in identifying Kouyunjik as the site of Nineveh, and in providing a great mass of materials for scholars to work upon Layard's [accounts] are among the best written books of travel in the language" (Encyclopaedia Britannica). Abbey Travel 364; Atabey 687; Blackmer 969. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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