EGYPTOLOGY

[Sir Richard Owen, palaeontologist.] Autograph Letter Signed to Lady Cullum, enclosing a long translation by Samuel Birch of inscriptions on an Egyptian statue in the British Museum, annotated by Owen and with transcription of letter to him by Birch.

Author: 
Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), palaeontologist, first Director of Natural History Museum, opponent of the theory of evolution [Samuel Birch (1813-1885), Egyptologist; Lady Ann Cullum of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
Owen's letter to Lady Cullum dated from Sheen Lodge, Richmond Park, 5 May 1867. Transcription of Birch's letter to Owen dated from British Museum [London], 9 July 1860.
£850.00

An interesting item in the field of Victorian Egyptology. The subject is what Owen describes here as 'one of the oldest Statues of an Egyptian Notable in the British Museum'. Its current Museum Number is EA103, and it has been in the Museum since 1835, but the details of its acquisition are unclear. In his translation Birch calls the sitter 'the Royal Scribe, Amenhelp', but the current BM description begins: 'Scribal statue of Amenhotep son of Hapu: of black grano-diorite. Hieroglyphic texts are inscribed on the papyrus unrolled on his lap and on the statue plinth.

[Joseph Bonomi the Younger, sculptor and Egyptologist.] Autograph Note Signed to L. W. Archer, regretting his inability to accept an invitation 'to the College House of the Architectural College'.

Author: 
Joseph Bonomi the Younger (1796-1878), sculptor, artist, Egyptologist and curator of the Sir John Soane Museum
Publication details: 
9 December 1846. 63 Wellbeck Street, Cavendish Square [London].
£120.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. Addressed to 'L W Archer Esqre'. Reads: 'Dear Sir | Your Card of Invitation to the College House of the Architectural College reached me only this morning otherwise I should have availed myself of the honor it confers on me.'

[ Joseph Bonomi, sculptor and Egyptologist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('J Bonomi') to the numismatist John Yonge Akerman, explaining why he did not send 'some Mummy Cloth sooner'

Author: 
Joseph Bonomi (1796-1878), sculptor and Egyptologist [ John Yonge Akerman (1806-1873), numismatistt ]
Publication details: 
19 Beaufort Street, Chelsea [ London ]. 19 February 1853.
£320.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'My dear Sir | It was my duty to have apologised to you for not performing my promise of sending you some Mummy Cloth sooner but I had imagined you had given up the Secretaryship of the Society of Antiquaries | My dear Sir | Yours obediently | J Bonomi'. It seems odd that this apology should have been written in the past tense.

Autograph Letter Signed ('F Barham Zincke') from the antiquary and radical Foster Barham Zincke to 'My dear Mr Flower' [Sir William Henry Flower], regarding the latter's five-month stay in Egypt.

Author: 
Rev. Foster Barham Zincke (1817-1893), English antiquary and radical pamphleteer, educated at Wadham College, Oxford [Sir William Henry Flower (1831-1899), Director of the Natural History Museum]
Publication details: 
Wherstead Vicarage, Ipswich. 28 May <1874?>.
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of stub adhering to margin. He has received Flower's 'catalogue'. 'I was sure you wd. be delighted with Egypt. It has so much to tell us about man & nature. The early stages of mans progress, & the variety of nature.' Zincke would like 'time to look into things & to think about them': he was in Egypt 'only as many weeks as you were months'.

[offprint pamphlet] The Art-Treatment of Granitic Surfaces. By John Bell, Sculptor. A Paper read at a Meeting of the Society of Arts, on Wednesday, March 14th, 1860, Sir Thomas Phillips, F.G.S., Chairman of the Council, in the Chair.

Author: 
John Bell (1811-1895), sculptor [Egyptology; Egyptian obelisks; Sir Gardner Wilkinson; Sir John Rennie]
The Art-Treatment of Granitic Surfaces. By John Bell,
Publication details: 
[London:] (From the Journal of the Society of Arts, March 16, 1860.)
£75.00
The Art-Treatment of Granitic Surfaces. By John Bell,

8vo, 12 pp. Stitched as issued. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Two engravings ('Egyptian Obelisks' and 'Egyptian Sarcophagus') in text. Begins 'The subject on which I am about to make a few remarks this evening is the Sculptural Art Treatment of Granitic Surface, or the Surface of Granite.

[book, limited edition] Causeries sur les Hiéroglyphes, et deux Étapes de l'Histoire Ancienne de l'Égypte [Egyptology].

Author: 
Adolphe Cattaui Bey [Egyptology; Egyptologist]
Causeries sur les Hiéroglyphes [Book]
Publication details: 
Cairo: Librarie d'Art Stavrinos et Cie, 23, Rue Kasr el-Nil. 1925. [Imprimé sur les Presses de l'Imprimerie de l'Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale au Caire]
£125.00
Causeries sur les Hiéroglyphes [Book]

Small 4to, [vi] + 135 pp. Frontispiece and three plates, with illustrations and cartouches in text. Internally tight and sound, on aged paper, in worn and stained brown-cloth half-binding, decorative endpapers, sprung hinges. Number 43 of 400 copies. Scarce: no copy in the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC at the University of London SOAS.

Autograph Letter Signed ('S. Lane Poole') to Mrs. Hollingworth.

Author: 
Stanley Lane-Poole (1854-1931), British orientalist and archaeologist
Publication details: 
10 June 1896; on letterhead of 3 Newham Road, Bedford.
£38.00

12mo, 4 pp. In bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. He has forgotten which letters he has sent her for her autograph collection, 'but I daresay some of the list written at the back of this are new to you'. He will send any she wants. Asks for any duplicates she may have to spare. The list covers the last two pages, and consists of 39 names, from 'Sir John Burgoyne, R.E.' to 'Count Zamorgski'.

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