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Seller: ancientgifts (4,566) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382401128731 Egyptian Mummies: Unraveling the Secrets of an Ancient Art by Bob Brier. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover: 352 pages. Publisher: William Morrow; (1994). Illuminating their mysteries, myths, sacred rituals, and hieroglyphic writings, "Egyptian Mummies" brings the ancients to life. In an easily accessible and lively style, noted Egyptologist Bob Brier gives the complete historical context of ancient Egyptian culture and a contemporary interpretation and synthesis of it. Brier relates how the forgotten language of the pharaohs was deciphered through the unearthing of the Rosetta Stone. The most complete analysis of the art of mummification ever given. A comprehensive listing and description of the known royal mummies, their subsequent unwrappings, X-rayings, and CAT scans. Where they are housed today. Stories of grave robberies and stolen mummies. As well as accounts of the trials and successes of archaeologists who pieced together the puzzles and unlocked the riddles of the land of the pyramids and the Sphinx. Brier includes an entertaining chapter devoted to the way the modern world has treated mummies in popular culture. From Boris Karloff to Abbott and Costello to the contemporary author Anne Rice. A detailed look at the mummies in King Tutankhamen's tomb. The latest DNA research that led to the partial cloning of a mummy's DNA sequence. The meticulous research conducted by Brier over several years, culminating in his performing the first mummification in the Egyptian style in two thousand years. The research project was the subject of a National Geographic TV special. Answering questions as old as the dawn of time, asked as recently as yesterday, " "Egyptian Mummies" unearths treasures. CONDITION: GOOD. New (but shopworn/blemished) hardcover with replacement/facsimile dustjacket. William Morrow (1994) 352 pages. Book is actually "new" in the sense that it is unread, but it is pretty badly "shopworn". The good news is that inside the book the pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unblemished, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread, The "bad news" is that the book possesses a number of (superficial, cosmetic) "blemishes" consequence of its "prior lifetime" on the shelf of a bookstore. First and foremost the book came to us without a dustjacket, presumably it was lost or destroyed while the book was in the bookseller's retail store, as it certainly was published with a dustjacket In any event, we believe every book should have a dustjacket, so we produced a full-color replacement facsimile dustjacket printed on high-gloss photographic quality paper, enclosed in a mylar cover. It's very handsome and durable. Next, there is considerable (though light) smudging and soiling to the closed edges of the pages, including a damp stain to the top edge. Of course this damp stain and the smudging/soiling is not visible to the individual opened pages, only to the mass of closed page edges (sometimes referred to as the "page block"), and I would emphasize there is no water damage to the book, just a faint damp stain (along with soiling/smudging from handling) to the closed page edges. Last, if you remove the dustjacket, beneath it you might notice that the upper open corner of both the front and back covers show a faint, small pump and faint crumple marks. This was likely due to the book being bumped against the bookshelf when carelessly re-shelved. The pages beneath are entirely unaffected, and the bumps are very mild. The covers also evidence modest shelfwear along the edges as well, and some very light (almost imperceptible) soiling (obviously the book "kicked around" the bookstore for a while without the protective dustjacket), but again, this is only noticed when the dustjacket is removed, and only evident with close scrutiny. Again, to restate, the good news is that inside the book the pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unblemished, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread, Overall, considering that the book lacks an original dustjacket, given the smudging and light damp stain to the surface of the closed page edges, and given the minor bumping to the top corners of the front and back covers, this book obviously lacks the "sex appeal" of a "shelf trophy". However despite these superficial cosmetic shortcomings, it is an unread copy of a relatively scarce hardcover printing, and well worth consideration if all you are after is an unread copy of this book, and whether the copy lacks the "sex appeal" of a "shelf trophy" is not a consideration. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1684f. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: "Egyptian Mummies" results from research done in preparation for the mummification of a human body, the first to be done in the Egyptian style in two thousand years. Through these studies, noted Egyptologist Bob Brier has unearthed the gripping stories of grave robberies and stolen mummies, the forgotten language of the pharaohs, and the tombs of the royal mummies. In an easily accessible and lively style, Brier uncovers the complete historical context of ancient Egyptian culture and offers a fascinating contemporary interpretation of it. Illuminating their mysteries, myths, sacred rituals, and hieroglyphic writing, "Egyptian Mummies" brings the ancients to life. Bob Brier has spent more than twenty years studying ancient Egypt and is an international authority on mummies. A Professor of Philosophy at C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University, he is the host of a six-hour television series for The Learning Channel called "The Great Egyptians". In 1994, he made national headlines by being the first person in two thousand years to mummify a human corpse using ancient Egyptian tools and techniques. Brier is also Author of "Egyptian Mummies"," The Encyclopedia of Mummies", and "The Murder of Tutankhamen". PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Mummies. The word itself conjures a sense of the macabre, of dread, of morbid fascination. Brier's work, however, conjures something very different: the adventure of discovery. Brier (Professor of Egyptology, Long Island University) gained international notoriety when he mummified a modern cadaver according to ancient Egyptian embalming methods. In a lively readable style, he gives us an overview of his own study and that of his predecessors. He discusses Egyptian religion and funerary practice and the burials of pharaohs and priests, nobles and commoners, pets and sacred animals. He describes desecrations by grave robbers, ancient and modern, and shows how Napoleon's invasion of Egypt, not only with soldiers but also with scholars and scientists, brought into being the field of Egyptology. A fascinating study; highly recommended. REVIEW: Everything you always wanted to know about the ancient Egyptian practice of mummifying corpses, and so much more. Brier (author of "Ancient Egyptian Magic", 1980) sets the tone early: "For 15 years", he states matter-of-factly, "I had been working toward the goal of mummifying a human". Imagine his surprise and disappointment when the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University (where he is chairman of the philosophy department) declined the honor of being the site of this project, which among other things would have entailed keeping an unembalmed corpse on the campus for 70 days. The text treats the reader to a scattershot review of the wide variety of information Brier learned about mummies while doing research for the mummification. These range from clinical descriptions of the process (derived from Herodotus and other ancient writers as well as from archaeological evidence) through an account of the development of mummification in ancient Egypt. This also includes a fascinating look at medical information scientists have derived from mummies (for instance, that ancient Egyptians suffered from often fatal tooth decay and arterial diseases). Brier discusses French scientists' close, but disappointingly unfruitful, study of Ramses the Great's mummy. Brier also briefly takes note of the Egyptian religious and cultural practice of mummifying animals, and inventories famous royal mummies. He concludes rather with a discussion of "The Mummy in Fiction and Film". The book closes before he embarks on the macabre task of actually mummifying a medical cadaver in the ancient manner, which took place in the following summer. A great gift idea for the hard-core Egyptologist in your life. General readers may also enjoy Brier's eccentric ramble through the ancient world. The book is amply illustrated with 125 black-and-white photos. REVIEW: This text evolved from research done in preparation for the mummification of a human body Egyptian style. Brier here presents details revolving around both the science of mummy-making and the history of Egyptian mummies. More than a scientific examination and ranging from historical survey as well, this is recommended for both history and science students where Egypt is the topic of discussion. A most accessible, fascinating treatise based on source materials. REVIEW: Brier's idea of reversing the usual study of Egyptian mummification by creating a mummy rather than scanning or dissecting one is a remarkable story of determination despite setbacks posed by his university and others. He tantalizingly discusses the possibility of such a project, mentioning the approval of the National Geographic Society and the disapproval of his university, then spends the entire book unveiling what factual evidence exists concerning the mummification process and what information is yet unknown. More than practicalities are covered, for there is even a chapter devoted to the mummy in literature and film. But as for the actual results of his project, readers will have to wait for the video or Brier's next book. Nothing is revealed here but the preliminary research, a fascinating story in itself. REVIEW: Brier explains the philosophical and spiritual ideas and tenets that nurtured mummification. However this book is mainly a description of its history, methods, how each pharaoh was found and by what process unwound, and how the mummy has been portrayed in modern film and fiction. Ancient history enthusiasts should enjoy this title. The pace is lively and some sections can be skimmed without losing a sense of the whole. Entertaining and fascinating reading. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This is a wonderful one stop volume on Egyptian mummies, detailing and focusing on the process of how the Egyptians developed mummification. The book begins with the memos between Dr. Brier and school administration on performing an actual human mummification on campus and then ends with the teaser that any further information on the modern mummification will be published elsewhere. For anyone who has a fascination about mortuary practices, Ancient Egyptian history, and paleo-archaeology or even the development of Egyptian archaeological practices this book is for you. Broken down by dynasties Brier carefully provides information about the mummification process through those time periods while giving small doses of Egyptian history. Brier also has a nice section on the Mummy in movies and popular media which is a nice send off from the previous historical chapters. It is a fascinating introduction and I could not put my copy down. The writing style is very readable and easy going. For those wanting to start an Egyptology section to their library this would be a fine edition and so would the Oxford history of Ancient Egypt. REVIEW: I read this book a few years ago, and thought that it was absolutely wonderful! It made me think of mummies in a different light; not as being nasty corpses, but as being beautifully preserved human remains of an ancient people who were very much loved. It was very interesting and informative about its topic. I think that it would appeal to anyone interested in mummies, not just scholars. As soon as I started reading it, I knew I would love it. And I did. Dr. Brier is a very interesting writer, as well as an extremely nice and cheerful person (I met him at a lecture last month). I highly recommend this book to everyone. REVIEW: I received this book three or four years ago as a gift. At first, the photographs of actual corpses and mummified remains of people who lived thousands of years ago kind of spooked me out every time I looked at the book, but as time went on and I got used to the photographs, I was able to actually read and appreciate this informative text. The mummies (which were not in bandages, necessarily, but unwrapped, uncovered, and undisturbed) actually became interesting to view, and I was able to gain an even greater appreciation of Ancient Egyptian culture through reading this book. If all a person knows about mummies comes from a Brenden Fraser, a Louis Gossett Jr., or a Boris Karloff movie, he or she will be stunned to read a book like this, which is entertaining, informative, and most importantly true to the ancient culture of Egypt. REVIEW: I read Dr. Brier's article on mummification in Discover magazine sometime in 2000, which led me to read this book. It is meticulously researched, the methods well-described, and the subject well-covered. His sense of humor, though obviously warped, is quite enjoyable, and the book is a great read. It also provides matter for the serious amateur and expert alike to ponder. A splendid book. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). 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