<i> Description of Egypt</i>

Jason Thompson

in Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789774162879
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970214 | DOI:
 Description of Egypt

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Despite sore eyes and generally miserable health, Edward William Lane still wrote the first draft of his book in London during 1829. He stuck to his writing while almost entirely housebound by strict physician's orders. His book's title was Description of Egypt, but exactly when it became so is unclear. The first two manuscript drafts have no title; only the third has one — not the one under which it was eventually published — and it is unlikely to have been his first or final choice. Although the text of the first draft of Description of Egypt, now in the Bodleian Library, is only about one-quarter as long as the third and final draft, a note in it shows how Lane initially envisioned the book's shape. It was to extend to four volumes, with nearly one hundred plates; the chapter about Thebes alone would require at least eighteen illustrations.

Keywords: Description of Egypt; Edward William Lane; manuscript; Bodleian Library; illustrations; Thebes

Chapter.  7323 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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