London, England: Histories & Mysteries of Man Ltd, 1989. Fourth edition, revised and enlarged. Hardcover. VG (Several binding corners are bumped; former owner name and year on first page; otherwise clean.). Smooth navy boards with gilt letters and decorations on spine and front cover; 523 pp., no illus. A handsome reprint of the 1962 fourth edition of this classic work. "Any consideration of ancient Egyptian materials to be of value should include a description of each material dealt with, its nature or composition, its use and, whenever possible, its place of origin and the date when it was first employed. These particulars the author has attempted to supply, and where there is no certain knowledge he has refrained from speculation." (preface to first edition) Chapters address:building materials; faience, glass and pottery; metals; mummifcation materials; oils, fats and waxes; pigments and varnish; precious and semi-precious stones; stones for monuments and purposes other than building; textile fabrics, leather and dyes; writing materials; and miscellaneous materials. An introduction provides some historical context. (Inventory #: 156005)
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