Pictures from Pictureseque Egypt, by George Moritz Ebers (1837 – 1898), translated by Clara Bell, Cassell & Co. Ltd., London, 1878, and measuring approx. 290x370mm (44.5 x 14.5 inches), is a huge two-volume collection of engravings and text. The illustrations that are signed are by Leopold Carl Müller (1834 – 1892). Copies of the plates are often sold on eBay, which is sad because it often means a bookseller has ripped apart a copy of the book.
This is volume one; the next gallery is for volume two.
There is also an entry in the Nuttall Encyclopædia for George Moritz Ebers.
These books are big (about A3, or 11x17") and did not fit on my older scanner. They’re pretty heavy, too!
“By far the most magnificent portion [of Alexandria] was the Bruchium (granery, or height), bathed by the waters of the Great Harbour, and adjoining the oldest part of the city, namely, the original fishing port of Rhacotis. This old quarter was always the residence chiefly of Egytians; and, as in all Egyptian cities, on its western side lay its “City of the Dead.” For, as the sun after its day’s course sinks in the [...] [more...]
120x185mm, signed by Gustav Richter.
The book describes a train journey from Cairo to Kafr et Zayat station at Tantah. This illustration appears to depict a woman clad in black and wearing a shawl, citing in amidst the ruins of some ancient city, weeping, presumably for her lost husband. It is not clear whether she is in a graveyard or by a some ancient tomb. The engraving is signed [...] [more...]
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