1853 Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon
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First Edition, Folding Maps, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
The first edition of English Assyriologist, cuneiformist and historian Austen Henry Layard's account of his excavations at Nineveh and Babylon, where he uncovered a large number of Assyrian palace reliefs, and in 1851, the library of Ashurbanipal.
Illustrated with numerous vignette wood cuts, five folding plates and maps, and eleven engraved plates, including eight tinted lithographs.
Along with the archaeological accomplishment of identifying Kouyunjik as the site of the ancient city of Nineveh, Layard provides an extensive analysis of the ancient Assyrian world and its history, all while detailing the daily life and customs of the country.
An excellent account of Layard's important second British Museum expedition in 1849, describing in detail the discoveries made, especially focusing on those concerning Assyrian artefacts.
In the publisher's original cloth binding. Bumping to back strip head and tail and board perimeters, otherwise externally excellent. Hinges strained but firmly held. Damp staining to fore edge of front pastedown and front free endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages age toned due to paper type, with instances of light spotting and handling marks throughout. Tide marks to a number of plates.
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