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LAYARD, Austen Henry.

Nineveh and its remains:

with an account of a visit to the Chaldaean Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or Devil-Worshippers; and an enquiry into the manners and arts of the ancient Assyrians. [With] Discoveries in the ruins of Ninevah and Babylon; with travels in Armenia,

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London, John Murray, 1850

A very attractive, uniformly bound set of first editions describing Layard's two expeditions to Nineveh, resulting in some of the most important archaeological discoveries of the nineteenth century.

The first work gives an account of Layard's discoveries in Mesoptamia beginning in 1840. There he first came into contact with the excavations on the Kuyunjik Mound near Mosul directed by Emil Botta. In 1842 Layard returned to Constantinople where he was employed by Stratford Canning, who encouraged his archaeological interests and eventually undertook to meet the cost of excavations on the Kuyunjik site which Botta had by then abandoned. Layard was enabled to return to Mosul and begin his own excavations, which continued until 1847 when he returned to England. In fact the book's title is misleading since most of the material deals with discoveries made at Nimrud, not at Nineveh.

The second work is the account of Layard's important second British Museum

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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.


Atabey 685 & 687; Blackmer 968 & 969; Abbey (Travel), 364.

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