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NINEVEH AND ITS REMAINS: with an account of a visit to the Chaldean Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or devil - worshippers; and an enquiry into the manners and arts of the ancient Assyrians.
London, John Murray, 1849.2 volumes, complete set, THIRD EDITION (same year as first and second edition), 8vo, approximately 215 x 135 mm, 8½ x 5¼ inches, 2 tinted lithograph frontispieces with tissue guards, 20 engraved plates of which 2 double page, numerous illustrations in the text, 6 plans, 4 folding and a large folding map, pages: xxx, (2), 1 - 399; xii, 495 including index, bound in full polished calf, double ruled gilt border to covers, small gilt arms to the centre of covers: a hand with arrow, a crown above, the motto Non Eget Arcu and below the initials AA, spines richly gilt with 2 contrasting gilt lettered labels, gilt decorated board edges, endpapers and page edges marbled, small bookplate to pastedowns with the same arms. 2 small scrapes to upper cover of Volume I, another to lower corner of upper cover of Volume II, minute nick to foot of upper hinge of Volume I, slight foxing to endpapers and to title page of Volume I, folding plan of Nimroud lightly browned and with a small water stain to lower inner corner (see image), small inner corner repair to blank side of folding map at rear of Volume I, faint foxing to top margin of double plate page 76 in Volume II, otherwise a very good clean tight set. From 1845 - 1854 the young British adventurer Austen Henry Layard explored the ruins of Nineveh. For years sceptics had questioned the existence of the city since it could not be found. Layard discovered the lost palace of Sennacherib across the Tigris River from modern Mosul in northern Iraq. Inscribed in cuneiform on the colossal sculptures in the doorway of its throne room was Sennacherib's own account of his siege of Jerusalem. It differed in detail from the biblical one but confirmed that Sennacherib did not capture the city. This created a great deal of public interest, because previously the only account of any siege of Jerusalem by Sennacherib was the one found in the Bible (2 Kings 18 - 19). Sennacherib's account does differ from the Bible's, but both affirm that Sennacherib did not capture the city. Many people felt this vindicated their faith in the Bible, which had been attacked by "increasing religious doubt and scriptural revisionism." The palace's walls were covered with stone slabs chronicling Sennacherib's victories. One of these stone slabs chronicles in what appears to be remarkable detail the Judean city of Lachish, whose destruction the Bible records (2 Kings 18:13 - 14). .MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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