London; 1841 and 1842: John Murray. Octavo. Item #022277
In six volumes. Comprising of the First series (2nd ed) and the Second series (First edition). Wilkinson was considered the father of British Egyptology. He traveled extensively, visiting virtually every known ancient Egyptian site, skillfully recording inscriptions and paintings, studying the various monuments and tombs while also studying and deciphering hieroglyphics. First series, 2nd edition: xxxvi[xxxvii], 406pp., xxxiv[xxxvvi], 446pp. and xxiv, 404pp., volume 1 with directions for placing the plates within that volume and volume 2 with directions for placing plates within all three volumes. A listing and explanation of the plates, wood-cuts and vignettes within each volume along with an errata for plates and all illustrations placed where needed. Vol. 1: (4 plates) frontispiece, one is in color, one is folding Vol. 2: (10 plates) Color Frontispiece, 3 others in color, 6 in black and white of which two are folding Vol. 3: (3 plates) Color frontispiece, and two other plates, one in color and one in black and white. The Second series; xxxix[xxx], 444pp. and xxxv[xxxvi], 483pp. and 3rd volume is the plate book which list 88 plates but in fact there are only 86 plates(noted in text) as plates 73 and 74 were transferred to another work but also includes an index. All bound in contemporary calf trimmed in gilt, all finely rebacked, decorated with gilt rules, red and black contrasting leather labels gilt, all edges marbled with matching endpapers. Edges of volumes a bit darkened from dryness but now moisturized for years to come, internally clean and bright.