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History of Egypt. Chaldea. Syria. Babylonia, and Assyria
London: The Grolier Society, 1903. - Best EditionOf the Monumental Work on the Middle EastMASPERO, G[aston]. and G.S. Rappoport. History of Egypt. Chaldea. Syria. Babylonia, and Assyria. Edited by A.H. Sayce. Translated by M.L. McClure. Containing Over Twelve Hundred Colored Plates and Illustrations. London: The Grolier Society, 1903. Connoisseur edition, limited to 200 sets, this being no. 76. Thirteen large octavo volumes, consisting of nine volumes of Maspero, three volumes of Rappoport. and 1906 supplement by King and Hall. More than 1200 color plates and illustrations. Bound in three-quarter green Levant morocco over marbled paper boards. Spines decoratively gilt tooled with red morocco inlays. Top edge gilt. Spines uniformly sunned to warm brown. A fine set.McClure translation of Maspero's monumental Histoire ancienne des peuples de l'Orient classique (3 vols., Paris, 1895-1897), originally published in 1896 by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.Gaston Camille Charles Maspero (1846-1916) was a French Egyptologist, the most renowned of his generation. In November 1880 Professor Maspero went to Egypt as head of an archeological mission sent there by the French government, which ultimately developed into the well-equipped Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale. Maspero resumed his professorial duties in Paris from June 1886 until 1899. Then, at 53, he returned to Egypt in his old capacity as director-general of the department of antiquities. On his arrival he found the collections in the Bulak Museum enormously increased, and while working to expand them further he superintended their removal from Gizeh to the new quarters at Kasr en-Nil in 1902. The vast catalogue of the collections made rapid progress under Maspero's direction. This work and the increasing workload of the Antiquities Service led to an expansion of staff at the museum, including the seventeen year old Howard Carter. It was Maspero who recommended Carter to Lord Carnarvon in 1907, when the Earl approached him to seek advice for the use of an expert to head his planned archaeological expedition to the Valley of the Kings.
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