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    Brugsch [-Bey], Heinrich Karl. A History of Egypt Under the Pharaohs Derived Entirely from the Monuments to Which is Added A Discourse on the Exodus of the Isrealites by Dr. Henry Brugsch-Bey Professor in the University of Berlin M.R.S.S. Gottingen Corresponding Member of the R. Acad. of Sciences Berlin, Etc. Translated and Edited from the German (After the Unfinished Translation by the Late Henry Danby Seymour, F.R.G.S.) by Philip Smith, B.A. Author of "The Student's Ancient History of the East" Second Edition with a New Preface, Additions, and Original Notes by the Author In Two Volumes - Vol. I Maps and Illustrations. London: John Murray, 1881. 8vo.2 vol. [7], a8, b6, B-LL8; [8], a2, B-GG8, HH3, [1], B-C8. lxii, 526, [2]; xx, 470, 2, 32. Full contemporary crimson publisher's cloth, black ruling and paneling, boards worn with spine coming unloosened from text. Title on spine in gilt lettering, decoration in both black and gilt, some wear to head and tail. Very light browning around edge, some foxing. Clean tear in bottom margin of E8, vol. I, and top right corner of P6, vol. II missing (torn off), without effect on text. Previous owner's signature on front free endpaper of vol. I, in old hand. Numerous text illustrations throughout, with map serving as frontispiece and one fold-out colored map following text in vol. I. Four fold-out tables. Second edition. Heinrich Karl Brugsch (also Brugsch-Pasha) (18 February 1827 - 9 September 1894) was a German Egyptologist, born in Berlin. He was associated with Auguste Mariette in his excavations at Memphis. He became director of the School of Egyptology at Cairo, and his works on the subject are numerous, and of great value. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $250.00

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    Brugsch was the son of a Prussian cavalry officer, and was born in the barracks at Berlin. He early manifested a great inclination to Egyptian studies, in which, though encouraged by Humboldt, he was almost entirely self-taught. After completing his university course and visiting foreign museums he was sent to Egypt by the Prussian government in 1853, and contracted an intimate friendship with Mariette. On his return he received an appointment in the Berlin Museum. In 1860 he was sent to Persia on a special mission under Baron Minutoli, travelled over the country, and after Minutoli's death discharged the functions of ambassador. In 1864 he was consul at Cairo, in 1868 professor at Gottingen, and in 1870 director of the school of Egyptology, founded at Cairo by the khedive. From this post he was unceremoniously dismissed in 1879 by the European controllers of the public revenues, determined to economize at all hazards; and French influence prevented his succeeding his friend Mariette at the Bulaq Museum in 1883. He afterwards resided principally in Germany until his death in 1894, but frequently visited Egypt, took part in another official mission to Persia, and organized an Egyptian exhibit at the Philadelphia Exposition in 1876. He had been made a pasha by the khedive in 1881. He published his autobiography in 1894, concluding with a warm panegyric upon British rule in Egypt. Brugsch's services to Egyptology are most important, particularly in the decipherment of Demotic and the making of a vast Hieroglyphic-Demotic dictionary (1867-1882). [Wikipedia] NSTC 0876060.             

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