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Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;
London: John Murray,, 1853. With Travels in Armenia, Kurdistan and the Desert: being the result of a second expedition undertaken for the British Museum. Octavo (210 × 135 mm). Contemporary sheep, spine lettered in gilt direct, spine gilt to compartments within raised bands, gilt roll-tooled borders to covers, gilt cornerpieces and gilt stamped armourial centrepiece, edges of covers with gilt serration, gilt roll-tooled turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, silk page marker. Folding frontispiece, one other folding plate and a single plate of inscriptions, 8 tinted lithographic plates, 3 folding plans and 2 folding maps, over 200 wood-engraved illustrations to the text. Contemporary ownership inscription in pen to front free endpaper. Spine faded, joints repaired, some wear to extremities, some foxing. A very good copy. 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).
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