London: Cassell and Company, LTD, 1923-1933.
First Edition. Hardcover.
First Editions of the landmark three-volume work published between 1923 and 1933 meticulously recording the historic discovery, excavation, and clearance of the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun by English archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter (1874-1939). The tomb was nearly intact at the time of its discovery and remains the most complete burial tomb unearthed in the Valley of the Kings. The over 400 illustrations contained here show the tomb and the objects found in it – both in their original states and after reconstruction.
- Volume I (1923) xxiii, 231pp, frontis. photograph of the Earl of Carnarvon by F. J. Mortimer, 104 illustrations from photographs by Harry Burton.
- Volume II (1927) xxxiv, 277pp, 153 illustrations from photographs by Harry Burton, appendices by Douglas Derry, A. Lucas, P. E. Newberry, Alexander Scott, and H. J. Plenderleith.
- Volume III (1933) xvi, 248pp, 156 illustrations from photographs by Harry Burton, appendices by Douglas Derry & A. Lucas.
9-1/2 x 6-3/8”, gilt titled brown cloth with gilt scarab front board each volume, decorated endpapers, appendices & index each volume, fully illustrated.
3 Volumes in very good to fine condition in rare original dust wrappers. The dust wrappers are soiled and intact (with some edge-wear and a few small chips) and encased in protective mylar.
Volume I – rubbing to edges of boards, modest bumping to corners, moderate soiling to cloth, narrow cracking to front 3” stretch of endpaper hinge, foxing to edges of text-block, small faint “180” crossed out in ink first free endpaper, else clean of owner’s marks, bright, tight, very good.
Volume II – moderate bumping to lower corners of boards, clean, bright, tight & crisp, near fine.
Volume III – narrow cracking to front endpaper hinge, clean, bright, tight & crisp, near fine.