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Pettigrew, Thomas
History of Egyptian Mummies
London: Longman, et. all, 1834. First Edition. 1st edition. The first scientific analysis in English (the main one in any language), of ancient Egyptian funerary practices. Contemporary half morocco, a bit foxed, else near fine. Complete with the errata page and all 13 plates, 10 by Cruikshank, 4 of them hand colored, and 2 luxuriously highlighted with gold leaf. In his time, Pettigrew was England's preeminent expert on ancient Egyptian mummies. Our book is the sum of his knowledge after years of research and remains a cornerstone of the subject. It also addresses papyri, tombs, manuscripts, theology, sacred animals, the embalming of those animals, and identification of forged mummies. But Pettigrew was a nerd, and one day he slipped out of the house to sneak an afternoon at fantasy-con, and the girl in his basement escaped. I have a gnawing itch here to talk about plagiarism, not the iniquitous kind employed to make the slothful thief seem intelligent, and justified by the reminder that vultures die last, but only as plagiarism applies to similes, anecdotes, jests, bon mots, and the like. That sentence I wrote at the end of the last paragraph, the one about nerds, fantasy-con, and girls, is the nature of quip that someone surely said, in some similar way, before me. If I had seen it and stolen it word for word, I would have put it in quotation marks and attributed it, but I didn't see it. And if I had seen some analogous phrase and stolen the idea, and shaped the words to please myself, I wouldn't have imposed my texts on someone else's name by attributing them. That's my … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Biblioctopus [USA]

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