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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,749) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123783428939 The Mummy: A History of the Extraordinary Practices of Ancient Egypt by E.A. Wallis Budge. 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: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 404 pages. Publisher: Wings Books; (1989). Size: 9¼ x 6½ x 1¼ inches; 1¾ pounds. This fascinating, erudite, generously illustrated study offers comprehensive and meticulously detailed coverage of mummification processes, burial practices and goods, ritual texts, gods, graves, coffins, the Book of the Dead and much more. The preservation of the human body by embalming or mummification was the primary goal of every ancient Egyptian who wished to obtain eternal life. In "The Mummy", noted scholar and Egyptologist E. A. Wallis Budge presents a history of ancient Egypt and describes the infinite care, techniques, and heavy expense that went into mummifying a body. With this book he helps us to understand why, for the four thousand years that Egyptian civilization flourished, the mummy itself was considered the most important of objects. The cult of mummification began when local authorities attempted to curb the then-widespread practice of cannibalism. The religious cult of Osiris offered reincarnation to the pure soul whose mortal remains were perfectly preserved and interred in secure and luxurious surroundings. Several thousand years later, an entire civilization had been built upon the mummy and its attendant trappings. Today we can see mummies on display in museums and now, through reading "The Mummy", we can understand the history and culture that led to their creation. Budge covers Egyptian chronology and Dynasties; Egyptian history and language; the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone; and the subsequent unveiling of Egyptian literature. Also explored in detail are funeral rites; methods of mummification; mummy cloth and embroideries; the canopic jars used to store the sacred entrails of the dead, as well as the "Book of the Dead" itself. There are fascinating descriptions and illustrations of scarabs, amulets, and figures of the gods. Many animals sacred to the gods were also mummified. Among these were cats, crocodiles, hawks, and scorpions. From the mummification techniques used by the very wealthy to more middle class attempts at preservation in honey, to the lowly, desperate efforts of the poor to save their bodies with the use of bitumen and sand graves, this is the strange story of a civilization devoted to the cult of the dead. CONDITION: LIKE NEW. Unread hardcover w/dustjacket. Wings/Outlet/Random House (1989) 404 pages. The book is clearly unread and "new" in that sense, but the surface of the closed page edges are a bit yellowed or tanned. Whether from age, or whether the closed page edge "block" is suposed to be yellowed, I'm not sure. But I suspect the edges of the closed pages might be age-tanned (visible only when book is closed, to the mass of closed page edges, sometimes referred to as the "page block"). Thus despite the fact that the book is clearly unread, and "new" in that sense, we've only graded it "like new". Outside the book is otherwise unblemished except for very mild edge and corner shelfwear to dustjacket and covers, but of course no tears or chips or other significant blemishes. Inside the book is pristine; the pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread; however tanning a bit it seems at the edges, which is why I believe the tanning to the closed page edges is age-tanning, as the extreme edges of the open pages are slightly age-tanned. Except for the edge-tanning as described, the overall condition of the book is entirely consistent with new stock from a bookstore environment wherein new books might show minor signs of shelfwear, 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! #1759.1e. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: To obtain eternal life the ancient Egyptians believed the body, upon death, had to undergo a mummification or embalming process. In "The Mummy" the noted Egyptologist Ernest A. Wallis Budge gives an account of the history of ancient Egypt and describes the techniques used in mummification and the rituals and artifacts associated with this funereal rite. To the ancient Egyptian, the embalming of a dead body acted as a barrier against decay and prepared it for the return of the soul (and thereafter everlasting life). As the author notes, great care was taken in the preparation of the tombs to repel attacks by demons. To ensure the mummy rested in comfort the tombs were decorated with familiar scenes and with everyday objects from the person's life. This fascinating volume will interest anyone wishing to understand not only the process of mummification, but also the cultural background of a ritual upon which an entire civilization was built. Major subject headings include: The Egyptian Race and Language; The Land of Egypt; Egyptian Chronology; The History of Egypt (Dynasties 1-30, Persian Rulers, Macedonian Rulers, The Ptolemies, The Romans, The Byzantines, The Muhammadans); List of Egyptian Dynasties and the Dates Assigned them by Egyptologists; List of Nomes of Upper and Lower Egypt; List of the Cartouches of the Principal Egyptian Kings; The Rosetta Stone; An Egyptian Funeral; Methods of Mummifying; Mummy Cloth and Embroideries; Canopic Jars; Chests for Canopic Jars; The Book of the Dead; Pillows; Ushabti Figures; Ptah-Seeker-Ausar Figures; Sepulchral Boxes; Funeral Cones; Stelae; Vases; Toiletry Objects; Necklaces, Rings and Bracelets; Scarabs; Amulets; Figures of Gods; Figures of Animals; Figures of Kings and Private Persons; Coffins; Sarcophagi; Egyptian Tombs; Egyptian Writing Materials; Egyptian Writing; Mummies of Animals, Reptiles, Birds, and Fishes; Cippi of Horus; The Egyptian Months; Egyptian and Coptic Numbers; A List of Common Hieroglyphic Characters; A List of Common Determinatives. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: The author explains both the process of mummification (don't try this at home) and the cultural background of a ritual on which a whole civilization was built. This noted Egyptologist gives an account of the history of ancient Egypt and describes the techniques used as well as the artifacts associated with this funereal rite. Illustrated with diagrams, hieroglyphs and facsimile drawings. Not a popular account, rather a scholarly examination, this is highly recommended for those who are serious enthusiasts or students of ancient Egypt. REVIEW: In this book (originally published in 1893) noted Egyptologist Wallis Budge gives an account of the history of ancient Egypt and describes the techniques used in mummification, and the rituals and artifacts associated with the funeral rites. Not casual reading, but certainly worthwhile. REVIEW: A history of ancient Egypt and their customs including mummification, funereal amulets and scarabs, idols and mummy making, and how to read hieroglyphics. A classic and quintessential reading. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This handbook is a good reference to keep on one's desk about ancient Egypt. Good overview of hieroglyphics, funeral practices and the fundamental tenets of Egyptian religion. Be warned that is not a "popular" history; it's clearly aimed at the serious student. All in all, the results are well worth the reader's effort. REVIEW: Originally printed in 1893, this book still stands as one of the most concise explanatory introduction to the arid world of funerary Egyptian Archaeology. Although not "everything" is touched upon, there are so many detailed comments and references to writings so-long forgotten and missing, that this alone makes this tile a necessary one for any one interested in the subject-matter. It is true that there are more updated - and equally important - "hand-books" on the same (such as the one by Dr. J. Spencer, "Death in Ancient Egypt" - long out-of-print), but this one has what the others lack. Buy it, you will not repent. REVIEW: Although we've learned a lot over the last century about life and culture in Ancient Egypt, this 1893 classic remains one of the best introductions to the field. Covering all the dynasties from Narmer through to the post-Cleopatra Roman occupation, this book contains enough detailed explanation to enable interested readers to teach themselves the basics of reading hieroglyphic inscriptions and wall texts. As fresh today as when it first appeared. REVIEW: Although not a light or casual read, this book brings out some great points on the archeology of funerary in ancient Egypt. Beginning with a history of Egypt, to a concise history of hieroglyphs and the history of writing in Egypt, and then on to the meaty stuff of mummies and all the gory details. Budge concludes with a nice summary of major talismans and seals. Although this book is not a complete book in any right it is a good beginner book to read before delving into the macabre world of ancient Egypt. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment 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). 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 $9.99 to $37.99 for an insured shipment 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). There is also 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. 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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." Condition: LIKE NEW. Unread but slightly shelf worn, closed page edges likely slightly age-yellowed. See detailed condition description below., Dimensions: 9¼ x 6½ x 1¼ inches; 1¾ pounds., Material: Paper, Provenance: Ancient Egypt, Publisher: Wings Books (1989), Length: 404 pages, Format: Hardcover with dustjacket

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