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The Great Pyramid- Observatory, Tomb and Temple
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The Great Pyramid- Observatory, Tomb and Temple

By Richard A. Proctor

London: Chatto & Windus, 1883. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good/No Jacket. 532 8vo. Prize label (1883 prize for English awarded to the winningly named Arthur P Starbuck) to front paste down, over black end paper. Original publisher's brown boards, gilt illustration to front, gilt titles to spine. Four plates, five diagrams from woodcuts, 323 pages plus publisher's catalogue. An early attempt to expound and explain the astronomical features of the Great Pyramid and other pyramids. It includes an appendix by Joseph Baxendell on "The Great Pyramid measures", in which he discusses his initial theory that "the data which had formed the basis of the designs of the pyramid were the diameters and distances of the Sun, Earth, and moon, combined with the ratio (pi) of the circumference of a circle to its diameter". However it also includes an appendix by Flinders Petrie on his own excavations at the pyramids which concludes with a note that starts "With the discovery that the bases of the pyramid are several feet shorter than had been supposed, a number of relations supposed to connect the Great Pyramid with astronomy go overboard at a single stroke". Condition notes: Small area of damage to spine strip (a few millimetres across), soiling to external page edges, otherwise very good inside and out.


The Great Pyramid: its Builder and its Prophecy

By Colonel J. Gardiner

London: Robert Banks and Son, 1912. Hardback. Very Good/No Jacket. 590 8vo. New and Revised Edition, with Additional Chapters on the Prophecies and Coming Events in Great Britain". Be warned- totally dotty. However, if you are interested in how people reasoned about these matters, this is a must-have. Condition Notes: Red publisher's boards with gilt titles and decoration, somewhat worn, with soiling to external page edges. Internally clean, with crisp text; pull-out diagram clean and intact.


Cook's Handbook for Egypt and the Egyptian Sudan

By E. A. Wallis Budge

London: Thos. Cook & Son, 1911. 3rd edition. Hardback. Fair/No Jacket. 676 . Black cloth-covered boards, gilt titles. Condition Notes: Boards very rubbed and worn. Front board and spine have become detached; text block is broken at pages 352-369, where stitching has failed. Pages clean, maps all present although one has a small tear.


The Last Plague of Egypt

By Baron Harry d'Erlanger

London: Lovat Dickson and Thompson Limited, 1936. First Edition. Hardback. Good/No Jacket. 680 8vo. An account of drug smuggling and law enforcement against it in Egypt in the early twentieth century. Illustrated: "Camel's hair clipped and glued back over slab of hashish", "Back of water-closet seat showing how heroin was hidden" and so on. Maps. Original red cloth-covered boards. Condition Notes: Boards rubbed and worn, with damage to top of spine. One leaf detached.


The Great Pyramid: Its Construction, Symbolism and Chronology

By Basil Stewart

London: The Covenant Publishing Company, Limited, 1933. 4th edition. Hardback. Good/No Jacket. 170 8vo. Illustrated by diagrams. "The intelligent inquirer will find herein all the various features of the Great Pyramid presented in concise yet comprehensive form, sufficient to enable him to understand clearly the true purpose for which this remarkable monument was erected by a now long-past civilisation, and the manner in which the message it had to transmit have been conveyed, and why it is of such importance to us today". All this in 54 pages plus index. Condition notes: Boards a little grubby and rubbed, with a small area of damage to the linen cover to the top right-hand corner of the front board.