Printd 1849: The Beaufoy Copy Of Layard's Great Work On Nineveh - Archeology For SalePRINTD 1849: THE BEAUFOY COPY OF LAYARD'S GREAT WORK ON NINEVEH
"One of the great archeology books of all time."--Brian Fagan
WITH A TEN PAGE MANUSCRIPT INSERTED IN BEAUFOY'S HAND
Layard, Austen Henry. Nineveh and its Remains. London, John Murray, 1849. 2nd ed., 2 vols. 8vo., 22 x 14.5 cm, COMPLETE with half-titles, 26 plates and plans (many folding), engraved folding map (short tear), occasional light spotting, Full fine crushed red morocco and gilt as depicted, all edges gilt, inner gilt dentelles, slight chipping to spine and rubbing to hinges. Provenance: The Beaufoy copy with the 19th century Crest Bookplate of Henry B. H. Beaufoy, F.R.S and a 10 PAGE MANUSCRIPT IN BEAUFOY'S HAND INSERTED INTO Vol 1. commenting on the work and furnishing details of the famous Beaufoy library. It may be noted as well, as described in the manuscript, that Layard had donated a mss. volume of another of his works to the Beaufoy library, and one may suppose that thisset may also have been a presentation, albeit not inscribed.Ref: Blackmer 968."Layard became the foremost archeologist of his time, and discovered the ancient ruins of Nineveh at the tender age of thirty-one. While the British Museum unloaded hundreds of tons of sculpture from Layard's excavation, Layard wrote Nineveh and Its Remains, a popular account of his discoveries... The book appeared to rapturous acclaim and sold out numerous printings. Readers loved the fluent mix of high adventure and archeology in his books, and intoxicating stew of compelling characters and sudden crises. He made the Assyrians accessible to the common person and brought alive a shadowy Biblical civilization." [Kessinger Publishing, LLC, describing the reprint]"Captain Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy (1786-1851), was an MP, philanthropist, an artist specialising in landscapes and architectural drawings, and a book collector (especially of Shakespeare - his library was formed in the early part of the nineteenth century and the 'Beaufoy Shakespeares' consisting of the first four folio editions of Shakespeare's works were sold at Christie's in July 1912)."
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