By Edward William Lane
The launching of this hitherto unpublished booklet by way of the nice nineteenth-century British traveller Edward William Lane (1801-76), a reputation recognized to just about everybody in all of the many fields of center East stories, is an enormous publishing occasion. Lane was once the writer of a few hugely influential works: An Account of the Manners and Customs of the trendy Egyptians (1836), his translation of The Thousand and One Nights (1839-41), Selections from the Kur-an (1843), and the Arabic-English Lexicon (1863-93). but one in all his maximum works was once by no means released: after years of work and regardless of an enthusiastic reception by means of the publishing company of John Murray in 1831, ebook of his first e-book, Description of Egypt, was once behind schedule and finally dropped, quite often for monetary purposes. The manuscript was once bought to the British Library by means of Lane's widow in 1891, and has in basic terms now been salvaged for ebook by way of Dr. Jason Thompson, approximately one hundred seventy years after its completion.
This tremendously vital booklet, which takes the shape of a trip via Egypt from north to south, with descriptions of the entire historic monuments and modern lifestyles that Lane explored alongside the way in which, can be of massive curiosity to either historical and glossy historians of Egypt, and may develop into a necessary spouse to his Manners and Customs.
''Jason Thompson's specified and committed variation merits a lot praise.''-Astene e-newsletter, June 2002.
''Thompson, a historian at AUC, has performed sign provider in taking a manuscript relationship from 1831 and getting ready it for book such a lot of years later; AUC Press merits compliment for making so significant a piece to be had, and at so average a price.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.
''In all, the looks of this significant paintings of scholarship at this overdue date is an immense boon to the examine of Egypt's historical past among the pharaohs and 18280.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.
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Genesis, X, 14. ) Voyage up the department of Reshee'd fifty seven numerous catacombs, that have been explored and ransacked. The labour of excavation during this position might most likely be rewarded by means of fascinating discoveries; however the ruins, of their current nation, are scarcely worthy traveling. The enclosure contained the recognized temple of the Egyptian Minerva, defined through Herodotus; the portico of which exceeded in its big dimensions all different works of an identical nature, and used to be embellished with enormous figures and massive androsphinges. earlier than it used to be a monolithic chapel; the main superb paintings of Sais; being 21 cubits lengthy, 14 broad, and eight excessive. it really is similar by way of Herodotus that thousand boatmen have been hired in the course of the area of 3 years in transporting this monolith down the Nile from Elephantine. there has been additionally, prior to the temple, a colossus, in a reclining posture,1 seventy-five toes in size, just like that sooner than the temple of Vulcan at Memphis; which latter colossus was once the present of Amasis. at the back of the temple used to be a sepulchre, yet for whom it was once destined the historian declines declaring. Lofty obelisks have been likewise raised in the sacred enclosure, close to a round lake, which used to be covered with stone. This lake served as one of those theatre for nocturnal exhibitions of solemn mysteries when it comes to the historical past of the unnamed individual above alluded to; who was once, most likely, Osiris, for, from emotions of spiritual awe, a few of the Egyptians abstained from stating the identify of that god. Many different cities in Egypt disputed the dignity of being considered as the burial-place of Osiris. all of the Pharaohs born within the Saitic district have been buried in the enclosure which surrounded the sacred edifices of Sais; and a type of kings, Apries, based the following a powerful palace. Of the grand spiritual fairs which have been periodically celebrated in Egypt in precedent days, the 3rd in element of beauty used to be that of Sais, in honour of Neith: the main wonderful being that of Bubastis; and the subsequent, that of Busiris; either in reduce Egypt. That of Sais was once referred to as "The competition of Burning Lamps," simply because at the social gathering of its get together, the homes in that urban and all through all Egypt have been illuminated through lamps hung round them. 2 a bit above this position is the massive village of Ferez 'duck Jjj>3 , and the mouth of the canal of Sheybee'n el-Ko'm f»j&! L>^^ , which, flowing from the department of Dimya't, traverses the Delta in an indirect path, alongside a tract thirty-five miles in quantity. We proceed our voyage so far as the village of Na'dir j->lJ , with no assembly with whatever priceless of comment, excepting the conical pigeonhouses, developed of earthen pots, upon the roofs of the low huts of the peasants. With those cones virtually each village hereabouts abounds. At Na'dir is the mouth of the extensive canal of Menoo'f i-a^i* , which derives so huge a offer of water from the department of Dimya't that fears are entertained lest the previous should still turn into the critical channel, and the latter stop to be navigable whilst the river is low.