Narrative of the operations and recent discoveries within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs, and Excavations, in Egypt and Nubia;
and of a journey to the coast of the Red Sea, in search of the ancient Berenice; and another to the Oasis of Jupiter Ammon. London John Murray 1821
Second edition 4to, pp.viii, (v)-xi, [2, blank, contents], (xii)-xix, [1, blank], 533; with an engraved portrait frontispiece, 1 folding map (1 small tear on hinge, without loss) and 2 plates. Bound in contemporary calf, gilt and blind panel. Neatly rebacked with navy lettering piece, all edges gilt. Occasional light foxing. A very good copy. Armorial bookplate on front pastedown, contemporary signature on title-page.
Atabey 95; Blackmer 116 (1820 edition)
Giovanni Battista Belzoni, 1778-1822, went to Egypt in 1815 to work on irrigation, but when this failed was employed by Henry Salt to move the colossal head of Rameses II from Thebes to Cairo. He went on to remove a large number of antiquities he discovered on excavations at Abu Simbel, the Valley of Kings, and Giza, before returning to Europe four years later. A large plate volume was published to accompany this account, first published in 1820. It is not present here,