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The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen Discovered by the Late Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter 3 Volumes First Editions
Cassell and Company 1913 - London: Cassell and Company, 1923, 1927, 1933. Three volumes, complete, Quarto. Original binding, gilt-lettered brown cloth with gilt-stamped scarab, endpapers decorated with Egyptian motifs. Clean endpapers, a nice set. Volume I with 105 illustrations from photographs by Harry Burton, Vol. II with 153, and Vol. III with 156 illustrations. Volume I also has a detailed floor plan of the tomb. First editions. A cornerstone work for any Egyptologist. The last two volumes were written by Carter alone. Complete with three volumes. Howard Carter (9 May 1874 Ð 2 March 1939) was an English archaeologist and Egyptologist, noted as a primary discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun. In 1891, at the age of 17, Carter, a talented young artist, was sent out to Egypt by the Egypt Exploration Fund to assist Percy Newberry in the excavation and recording of Middle Kingdom tombs at Beni Hasan. Even at that young age he was innovative in improving the methods of copying tomb decoration. In 1892 he worked under the tutelage of William Matthew Flinders Petrie for one season at Amarna, the capital founded by the pharaoh Akhenaten. Carter was employed by Lord Carnarvon to supervise his excavations from 1907. The intention of Gaston Maspero, who introduced the two, was to ensure that Carter imposed modern archaeological methods and systems of recording. Carnarvon financed Carter's work in the Valley of the Kings from 1914, but it was interrupted by World War I until 1917, when serious work was resumed. After several years of fruitless searching, Carnarvon became dissatisfied with the lack of results and, in 1922, he gave Carter one more season of funding to find the tomb he was searching for. On November 4, 1922, Carter's water carrier found the steps leading to Tutankhamun's tomb (subsequently designated KV62), by far the best preserved and most intact pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings. He wired Carnarvon to come, and on 26 November 1922, with Carnarvon, Carnarvon's daughter, and others in attendance, Carter made the famous "tiny breach in the top left hand corner" of the doorway, and was able to peer in by the light of a candle and see that many of the gold and ebony treasures were still in place. He did not yet know at that point whether it was "a tomb or merely a cache", but he did see a promising sealed doorway between two sentinel statues. When Carnarvon asked him what he could see, Carter replied: "There are some marvellous objects here". On 16 February 1923, Carter opened the sealed doorway, and found that it did indeed lead to a burial chamber, and he got his first glimpse of the sarcophagus of Tutankhamun. Carter's own notes and photographic evidence, indicate that he, Lord Carnarvon and Lady Evelyn Herbert entered the burial chamber shortly after the tomb's discovery and before the official opening. Following his sensational discovery Howard Carter retired from archaeology and became a part-time agent for collectors and museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He visited the United States in 1924, and gave a series of illustrated lectures in New York City and other cities in the United States which were attended by very large and enthusiastic audiences, sparking Egyptomania in America. He died of lymphoma, a type of cancer, in Kensington, London, on 2 March 1939 at the age of 64. Condition Report Externally original cloth in very good confition - colour is still bright corners ever so slightly bumped and spine ends folded volume 2 has odd discolouration to the gilt volume 3 has red 'paint' to the side of the spine original boards some marks and scratches but small in good condition with some wear to the board edges and corners bright titles in gilt to the spine Internally hinges good to all volumes apart the end of volume 3 which is cracked before the final hinge and shows webbing (still strong) pages generally clean and tidy no inscriptions [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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