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Seller: ancientgifts (4,690) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381877232171 Treasures of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings: Cultural Travel Guide by Alesandro Bongioanni. 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: Oversized hardcover with dustjacket. Publisher: White Star (2004). Pages: 192. Size: 14½ x 10½ x 1 inch; 4¼ pounds. Summary: Ancient Egypt holds archaeological treasures of priceless importance, precious testimony regarding one of the longest-lasting and most important civilizations known to human history. Among the open air museums along the banks of the Nile River are the archaeological district formed by Luxor (ancient Themes), one of the greatest capitals of ancient times, mentioned by Homer as “the city of a hundred gates”, and the Valley of the Kings, “rediscovered” a century ago. The two sites form an exceptional repository of historical and artistic riches still awaiting complete exploration and cataloging. At the height of its supremacy, Thebes had a population of about one million inhabitants. The vast unskilled labor resources available and the immense wealth acquired through the conquest of foreign territories made it possible for Thebans to raise some of the most impressive and elaborate places of worship known to man. Among them is the great temple complex of Karnak, one of the most majestic architectural works ever created. Built on the eastern bank of the Nile, this sanctuary celebrated the rising of the sun each morning. In stark contrast, beyond the western bank extended the land of the dead, where the sun set each evening. There the pharaohs, worshipped by their subjects as living gods, built their funerary complexes. This volume is dedicated to the monuments of Luxor and the vast region known as the Valley of the Kings. Through tours of all of the most important sites, analysis of the finds and the splendid works of art contained in the burial chambers, and explanation of the latest archaeological discoveries, this book reconstructs historical events buried beneath the sands for thousands of years. It offers the reader, with the help of magnificent photographs and detailed maps, a fantastic voyage through the Ancient Egypt of the Pharaohs. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. MASSIVE "new" (albeit shopworn) hardcover w/dustjacket and two special publisher- provided brochures in a special pocket. White Star (2004) 192 pages. Book looks like it was a display copy in an open-shelf bookstore. The book is unread, but close examination suggests the first 10-15 pages have been flipped through once or twice. Also, the spine heel of the book is modestly bumped. It's not cracked or severely damaged, but there is a bump/crease mark at the bottom of each page within the book, echoing the bump to the spine heel. Super-sized, heavy books like this are awkward to handle and so tend to get dragged across and bumped into book shelves as they are shelved and re-shelved, so it is not uncommon to see accelerated edge and corner shelfwear to both the dustjacket and covers of such huge, heavy books). Inside, except for the small bump to the bottom of each page echoing the bump to the spine heel, the book is virtually pristine. The pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, (otherwise) unmutilated, tightly bound, and beyond the nfirst 10-15 pages which look like they were fliupped through a few times, beyond that point, unambiguously unread. Outside the book evidences some "shopwear". The dustjacket evidences very mild "crinkling" at the top open edges, the spine head and heel, and the top "tips" (the top open corners of the dustjacket, front and back). Beneath the dustjacket the full cloth covers evidence only very mild edge and corner shelfwear, except as described the spine heel is modeatewly bumped. The book also includes two brochures contianed within special pockets on the back end paper pertaining to the tombs of Ramses VI and Tutankhamun. Both are in new condition. Except for the modest bump to the spine heel, the overall condition of the book is otherwise consistent with new oversized stock from a open-shelf bookstore environment (such as Barnes & Noble or B. Dalton, for example) wherein patrons are permitted to browse the open bookshelves and so otherwise "new" books might show minor signs of shelfwear, browsing wear, or other minute superficial cosmetic blemishes, consequence of simply being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #8654d. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #8654a PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Among the open-air museums along the banks of the Nile River are the archaeological district formed by Luxor (ancient Thebes) and the Valley of the Kings, "rediscovered" a century ago. The two sites form an exceptional repository of historical and artistic riches still awaiting complete exploration. This volume is dedicated to the monuments of Luxor and the vast region known as the Valley of the Kings. Through tours of all the most important sites, analysis of the finds and the splendid works of art contained in the burial chambers, and explanation of the latest archaeological discoveries, this book reconstructs historical events buried beneath the sands for thousands of years. It offers the reader, with the help of magnificent photographs and detailed maps, a fantastic voyage through the Ancient Egypt of the pharaohs. REVIEW: The Valley of the Kings and the tombs of the nobles are, along with the pyramids of Giza, among the most highly visited and best-known archaeological sites in the world. Next to the burial sites of the greatest Pharaohs in history, prehistoric settlements, rock temples and drawings, huts and villages where the ancient workers lived have been discovered. All are precious evidence of the past, a cross-section of the oldest and most mysterious Mediterranean civilization. REVIEW: Alessandro Bongioanni earned his degree in Egyptology at the University of Turin, writing his thesis on the religious nature of the Tell el-Amarna era. He has published numerous articles in Italian and international magazines and has helped catalog the finds held in the Egyptian Museum of Turin. Mr. Bongioanni has worked as an assistant professor of history of Ancient Egyptian religion at the University of Turin, where he is currently a researcher and teacher. He is a consultant on Egyptological issues for RAI, the Italian state television and radio network (the programs “Misteri” and “Filo d’Arianna”), and has participated in several television productions on other networks (“Macchina del Tempo” for the Mediaset networks and “Stargate” for La 7 network). Mr. Bongioanni co-authored with M. Tosi the volumes “Men and Gods in Ancient Egypt” (Parma, 1991) and “Turin, Egypt, and the Orient (Turin, 1994) with R. Grazzi, and wrote the texts in “The Spirituality of Ancient Egypt” (Rimini, 1997). He has also collaborated on various collective works such as catalogs and conference and exhibit notes. He was also a contributor to “The Valley of the Kings (White Star, 2002). REVIEW: Alessandro Bongioanni earned his degree in Egyptology at the University of Turin and has published numerous articles in Italian and international magazines. A consultant on Egyptological issues for many radio and television networks, he has collaborated on various books and catalogs. REVIEW: TABLE OF CONTENTS: Preface. Luxor. The Temple of Luxor. The Luxor Museum. The Temple of Karnak. Mortuary Temples. The Temple of Hatshepsut. The Temple of Amenhotep III. The Temple of Seti I. The Temple of Ramesses II. The Temple of Ramsses III. The Valley of the Kings. The Tomb of Thutmosis III. The Tomb of Amenhotep II. The Tomb of Tutankhamun. The Tomb of Horemheb. The Tomb of Seti I. The Tomb of Ramsses III. The Tomb of Ramsses IX. The Valley of the Queens. The Tomb of Amun-Her-Khepshef. The Tomb of Nerfertari. Deir Al-Medina. The Tomb of Sennedjem. The Tomb of Inherkhau. The Tomb of Pashedu. Private Necropolises. The Tomb of Nakht. The Tomb of Menna. The Tomb of Rekhmire. The Tomb of Ramose. The Tomb of Sennefer. Index. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: This volume is dedicated to the monuments of Luxor and the vast region known as the Valley of the Kings. With a review of the most important sites and the splendid works of art contained in the tombs, it described the most recent archaeological discoveries and reconstructs historical events buried for centuries under the sand. Exceptional photography! READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This is a book that's physically difficult to read because it's SO BIG!! It is a lovely coffee table book that is filled with absolutely WONDERFUL photographs of various ancient tombs in Egypt. The photos are in glorious color and are breath-taking. While it was physically difficult to handle this book to read, it was worth it for the photographs and the information this book contained. REVIEW: If stunning, exquisite photography of one of the richest archaeological areas in the world is what you are expecting from this book, you will not be disappointed. For that achievement I would give it 10 out of 5 possible stars. It is really that good. 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. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). However this book is quite heavy, and it is too large to fit into a flat rate mailer. Therefore the shipping costs are somewhat higher than what is otherwise ordinary. There is a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Condition: Graded "very good". By and large unread, but evidencing some shopwear. See detailed condition description below., Material: Paper, Provenance: Ancient Egypt

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