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LAYARD, Austin Henry.
Nineveh and Its Remains:
London, John Murray, , 1849. 2 volumes, octavo (216 x 133 mm). Contemporary full Russia, black morocco double lettering-pieces, low flat bands with single gilt rule, gilt French fillet panel to the compartments, double gilt fillet panels with small rosette cornerpieces to the boards, armorial supralibros of the 1st duke of Sutherland to front boards, marbled edges and endpapers, board edges milled in gilt, turn-ins in blind. Two-tint lithographic frontispiece to each and 20 other plates in all, one double folding, one double-page, 5 folding maps and plans, numerous illustrations to the text. Some light scuffing of the extremities, one or two small stripped areas, foxing front and back of both volumes affecting the first and last few leaves, occasional browning to the plates, pale toning to the text-block, overall very good. First edition. Layard who "grew up a Romantic, desperate for fame and exotic experiences, and contemptuous of English professional mores", turned his back on steady employ in his uncle's solicitor's office and set of overland to join another uncle in Ceylon. Side-tracked by adventure he set aside his original itinerary and lived for some time in the Bakhtiari Mountains with a tribe resisting the Shah's rule. Whilst returning to Baghdad via Mosul he became convinced that he had discovered the location of Nineveh, persuading Sir Stafford Canning to support his excavations at Nimrud. It was only after his return to England, exhausted and malarial, and the publication of this, his first, book that he realised that Kuyunjik was in fact the correct locatio … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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