With Fine Color Reproductions of Ancient Egyptian PaintingsNina M. Davies. Ancient Egyptian Paintings Selected, Copied, and Described by Nina M. Davies With the Editorial Assistance of Alan H. Gardiner. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1936.
First edition. Printed and bound in Great Britain; plates printed by The Chiswick Press, London; letterpress printed by The University Press, Oxford. One octavo volume of descriptive text and two folio volumes containing 104 color plates, some double-page, as issued. xlviii, 209 pages; plates I-LII; plates LIII-CIV.
Contemporary leather with titles stamped in gilt in compartments between raised bands on the spine. Top edges gilt. Some light foxing and offsetting to the preliminary and terminal pages. Edge wear, corners slightly abraded; joints tender. Plates remain bright. Overall, externally very good, and internally near fine.
The two large volumes (Volume I and Volume II) are in very similar condition: extremities rubbed, with light scarring and soiling to boards. All corners are bowed inward a bit; the top outer corners of the rear boards of both volumes are bumped. Preliminary pages lightly foxed, but plates and pages of text are quite bright. Volume II has a small abrasion at the bottom of the front board.
Volume III (the small volume) is also rubbed along the extremities. Front joint is starting at top and bottom. Light foxing to pages, with some light toning.
This remarkable work is a special publication of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and features fine color reproductions of Egyptian paintings from the Old Kingdom to the 20th Dynasty by Nina Davies. Nina M. Davies (1881-1965) was an avid Egyptologist and accomplished copyist of Egyptian paintings. At the time, artwork discovered on the walls of tombs during the exciting period of late-19th century to early-20th century Egyptian archaeology was published in color facsimile. Copyists before Davies had typically produced facsimiles using watercolors. Ms. Davies' method involved the use of egg tempera and a special layering technique to produce more accurate representations of the colorful Egyptian style. This method - and Davies' masterful talent - will no doubt prove invaluable as time and environment take their inevitable toll on the monuments and tombs of Egypt.
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