BINION, Samuel Augustus (1853-1914). Ancient Egypt of Mizraim. New York: Henry G. Allen, 1887.

$ 4,800.00

BINION, Samuel Augustus (1853-1914). Ancient Egypt of Mizraim. New York: Henry G. Allen, 1887.

Folio [elephant] (19 ½ x 26 inches). Limited first edition deluxe, two elephant folio volumes. Illustrated with seventy-two large folio plates and fifty tinted and full-color lithographs, bound in publisher's maroon cloth boards (repaired, original binding restored, wear to corners). An exceptionally good copy in the original bindings.

Provenance: The Estate of David Spinney.

This stunning two volume set if the rare limited first edition, "Edition de Luxe," number 521 of only 800 copies, splendidly illustrated with 72 spectacular large folio plates of pyramids, temples, views, the Sphinx, antiquities, mummies, papyri, among other Egyptian subjects, including 50 beautiful tinted and full-color lithographs.
This spectacular production by American Egyptologist Samuel Binion was considered the height of American chromolithography. Most of the huge plates are based on one of four major volumes of Egyptian travel and antiquities from the Napoleonic era through the mid-19th century: David Roberts' Egypt and the Holy Land, Prisse d'Avennes' Oriental Album, Lepsius' Denkmaler aus Agypten und Athiopen, and the Napoleon-commissioned Description de l'Egypte. Of particular beauty are the fully colored architectural reconstructions of Egyptian temples, and a splendid rendition of Cleopatra's Needle. Mizraïm was originally issued in 12 parts in wrappers; here the parts have been bound together into two volumes, as usually found, each with its own lithographic title page. Blackmer 143. For more information on this book, or a warm welcome to see other books and maps of our collection at 72nd Street NYC, please contact Natalie Zadrozna.