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Henry Layard

One of the supreme glories of the British Museum are the Assyrian antiquities brought from the near East in the middle of the nineteenth century by Sir Austen Henry Layard and whatever the rights and wrongs of this, we can only give thanks that so much of this civilization is safely preserved for now here in London (and also for other artefacts brought to Paris by Layard’s French contemporary Emile Botta).  The discovery of these antiquities is described in Layard’s most famous works: Nineveh and its remains (1849) and Nineveh and Babylon (1853).

 

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  1. 3 volumes, first edition of second work, first work sixth thousand. First work: 2 vols, lithographed frontispiece in each volume, 20 plates, 4 folding plans, a folding map and numerous illustrations in the text; Second work: 14 engraved plates and plans, many folding, 2 folding maps, text illustrations throughout, occasional light foxing, uniformly bound in contemporary polished maroon half calf gilt, marbled sides and edges, lightly rubbed,gilt lettered direct, a very good set.

    £950
  2. First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo., folding map, 2 folding plans, 2 tinted lithographed frontispieces, engraved plates and vignettes, contemporary calf gilt, a very handsome example.

    £750
  3. First edition, 8vo., xxiv, 686 pp., folding frontispiece, 3 folding plans (1 with tear at fold), 2 large folding plans at the end, 10 full-page plates, 4 by S.C. Malan, wood-cut illustrations in the text,

    £850
  4. First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo., xxiii,1-336; ii, 337-686pp., 5 folding maps, 11 lithographed plates (2 folding, 8 tinted), wood-engravings in the text, leaf of adverts at end of vol. II, original fine-ribbed pale brown cloth, blindstamped greek key borders, gilt device to upper covers, blindstamped to lower, gilt lettering, scattered light foxing, a fine set.

    £1,100
  5. First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo, xxiii,1-336; ii, 337-686pp., 5 folding maps, 11 lithographed plates (2 folding, 8 tinted), wood-engravings in the text, leaf of adverts at end of vol. II, original fine-ribbed pale brown cloth, blindstamped greek key borders, gilt device to upper covers, blindstamped to lower, gilt lettering, neat repairs to extremities, a very good set.

    £1,150
  6. First edition, 8vo, xxiv, 686pp., folding frontispiece, 3 folding plans (1 with tear at fold), 2 large folding plans at the end, 10 full-page plates, 4 by S.C. Malan, wood-cut illustrations in the text, original tan cloth gilt, all-over cover design of the Great Winged Bull, occasional light foxing, an excellent copy.

    £675
 

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