New York: George H. Doran Company [1923; 1927], 1923; 1927. First American edition. Hardcover. 2 vol. , vii-xxviii, , 31-334, ; , v-xxxv, , 39-408 pp. Red cloth lettered in gold on the front boards and spine, each front board with a decoration in gilt. No dust jackets. Decorative endpapers and pastedowns. Each volume illustrated by a frontispiece, volume one with 58 additional black and white plates (the first several with photographs on both sides), a sketch of the tomb and a facsimile of a letter written by Lord Carnarvon also in volume one. Volume two illustrated with 72 additional black and white photograph plates. Illustrations depict many of King Tut's artifacts and possessions, the opening of his tomb, several household items from the Pharaohs, coffins, sarcophagi, religious relics, state chariots, royal jewelry and headpieces, royal dishes, walking sticks, a throne, and several statues of King Tut. Carter published three volumes on his excavations of King Tut's tomb: in 1923, 1927, and 1933 respectively. These are the first two volumes. Oxford DNB, T.G.H. James, "Carter, Howard (1874–1939)". Howard Carter was a watercolour artist, an Egyptologist, and an archaeologist. In 1899 at the age of 26, he was appointed the first chief inspector of antiquities in Upper Egypt by Gaston Maspero, director-general of the antiquities service of Egypt. He fought tomb-robbers, and worked to restore and protect monuments at Thebes and elsewhere. Carter directed excavations for the antiquities service at the tomb of King Mentuhotpe II, and discovered the tomb of King Tuthmosis IV. In 1909 he began to work with George Herbert, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon. They excavated in Thebes until 1914, and then focused on the Valley of the Kings in 1922, when Carter unearthed the stairway to the tomb of Tutankhamun in November of 1922. Due to bureaucratic hang-ups, the entire archaeological project was not completed until ten years later. However, this publication offers a great deal of information on Carter and his team's findings. A record of a thrilling discovery, important to classicists, historians, and to anyone passionate about ancient civilizations. Very Good. Item #00009231
Very Good with minor wear to the extremities and a 1924 name and date on the front pastedown of volume one, volume two shows scattered foxing but the plates are clean.