The glamour of Near East excavation. An account of the treasure-hunt for the buried art, wisdom & history of the ancient east, from the Nile to Babylon, the adventures, disappointments & triumphs of the hunters, & the knowledge thus acquired of the ancient world.

London, Seeley, Service & Co., 1927.

8vo (220 x 140 mm), pp. [iv], 11–348, [12, advertisements], with 16 plates; occasional foxing; original orange cloth, the golden mask of Tutenkhamun stamped in gilt on upper cover; minor wear.


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First edition. Baikie ‘was one of the best authors in the field of popular books on Egyptology, due to his association with many of the leading figures of his day, like Petrie’ (Dawson & Uphill, Who was who in Egyptology pp. 14–15). ‘The point of view throughout the book is avowedly that which is suggested by its title. To the writer’s mind, there is no more romantic story than that of the resurrection of the great historic past which has been and is being accomplished by the excavators of the present, and, in accordance with this belief stress all through has been laid upon the excavator’s methods, constantly developing and improving in refinement, his adventures, his triumphs and his disappointments’ (preface).


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