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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,731) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123222329052 "Jewels of the Pharaohs: Egyptian Jewelry of the Dynastic Period" by Cyril Aldred. 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: Hardcover. Publisher: Praeger (1971). Pages: 256. Size: 10 x 7¼ x 1¾ inches; 2½ pounds. CONDITION: GOOD. Lightly read (BUT EX-LIBRARY) hardcover w/dustjacket (in mylar sleeve). Praeger (1971) 256 pages. Book is ex-library, but has no external markings. However there is a label on the first free page, and a pocket glued to the last free page (the first and last blank, unprinted pages in the book). The book is otherwise unmarked. Despite the fact that the book is an ex-library copy, it is not heavily read. Inside the book is very clean, and appears to have been read only a couple of times. The pages are clean, crisp, unmutilated, and unmarked (other than the label and pocket described above). From the outside the book does show heavy shelfwear. There is heavy chipping to the open corners of the dustjacket (the "tips"), and heavy rubbing/chipping to the dustjacket spine head and heel. There's also a very large (four inch "half moon") piece of the back side of the dustjackwet missing, at the lower edge near the spine heel. So as to preclude any further wear to the dustjacket we have encapsulated it within a mylar cover, but is rather a case of "too little, too late". But it will prevent further wear to the dustjacket, and honestly does make it appear a little more presentable, even if it is undeniably heavily worn. Beneath the dustjacket the full cloth covers evidence moderate edge and corner shelfwear, the "tips" of the lower covers, i.e., the lower open corners, have been worn through the cloth into the cardboard substrate (just the last 1/4 inch). Given that this book is ex-library and evidences fairly heavy external wear, it will never be considered a "shelf trophy". Nonetheless it is a clean, modestly (not heavily) read, solid copy of a rather difficult to find printing of this marvelous book, even if it does suffer from superficial cosmetic blemishes to the covers and particularly the dustjacket. If you're looking for a solid reading copy of this title, and whether it possesses "sex appeal" is of secondary importance, this copy is worthy of consideration. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Meticulous and accurate descriptions! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #5956.2g. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Only a small amount of Egyptian jewelry has survived the ravages of time and the grave robbers, but the remnant is staggeringly beautiful. This book presents for the first time in a single volume nearly 200 priceless objects from collections all over the world. The best known example is the virtually intact tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun, discovered in 1922, but there are many other collections and individual pieces extant: diadems, armlets, pendants, rings, bracelets, earrings, buckles, breastplates, necklaces, amulets - wrought in Nubian gold, lapis lazuli, brilliant colored faience and blood red carnelian. These opulent jeweled pieces, many modeled after organic forms such as vultures, cobras, falcons, lotus flowers, scarab beetles and winged half-human goddesses, are among the most splendid objects of Egyptian antiquity. Cyril Aldred's lively text covers the enchanting story of each piece, including misdeeds and discoveries both ancient and modern. He explains the fascinating uses and significance of Egyptian jewels, the materials, and the techniques used to transform these materials into the exquisitely decorative trappings of wealth for kings and queens. Mr. Aldred's text, which covers the finest pieces from every major find, is illustrated throughout with line drawings in addition to photographs, many in brilliant color, taken under special conditions in the Cairo Museum by Albert Shoucair. As one prominent Egyptologist noted, Jewels of the Pharaohs is unequalled in its comprehensiveness and destined to be a standard for generations. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: For the first time in a single volume, nearly 200 priceless objects from collections all over the world. Diadems, armlets, earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets, breastplates, amulets ...wrought in the rare and precious gems and metals that have stirred man's greed and wonder for centuries...Nubian gold, vivid lapis lazuli, bright-colored carnelian. Cyril Aldred, one of the world's foremost Egyptologists, tells their enchanting and dramatic story...the myths and legends, the discoveries and thefts, that have marked each treasure's history. He explains the fascinating uses and significance of Egyptian jewels and describes the amazing techniques that created them. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Since this book first arrived in 1971 no other references have surpassed this fascinating subject. Short and concise reading with descriptions of jewelry materials, techniques, tools and forms of the ancient craftsmen are wonderfully documented. The photographs alone are sufficient to let anyone appreciate the incredible beauty of ancient Egyptian works created under some of the most primitive conditions. Just when you're thinking "How did they do that?" Aldred details the answer. The range of work is well represented showing famous masterpieces from the old kingdom Lahun cache to new kingdom pieces of Tutankhamun and Ramesses II . Even though much technical information is at hand, including the rediscovery of hard colloidal soldering, Aldred himself recognizes that further study is necessary. The 2006 discovery of a unique glass formed by a comet collision with earth, found on a pectoral scarab of king Tut's, is one example worth mentioning. This book is still the most comprehensive study to date and a valuable source of information to anyone interested in ancient Egyptian jewelry and its place in history. A terrific book! REVIEW: While the actual text of this book is brief, it does cover the essentials of Egyptian jewelry and the rather primitive methods used to make some extremely exquisite pieces. There are some nice line drawings of some pieces, but the best is the over 100 color plates in the back of the book. Following the color plates is a picture-by-picture description of each piece in the photographs. This does involve a lot of flipping back and forth between the pictures and the descriptive text, but it is well worth the effort. The author discusses the different colors of gold that Egyptian jewelers used in their pieces, the different stones and inlay pieces used in the manufacture of the funerary jewelry. Egypt had its own sources for gold, carnelian, turquoise, garnets and amethysts, but imported lapis from faraway Afghanistan, a considerable journey in those days. It was interesting to note that amethysts and garnets were used in jewelry making, a fact I had not previously known. Early attempts at the manufacture of glass were also much used in place of natural stones in many pieces. It is interesting that not just the most magnificent pieces are represented here, but also many pieces that were hurriedly made, undoubtedly due to the untimely death of the person for whom the pieces were meant. The truly wondrous works of the jeweler's arts are positioned side by side with pieces of much lesser quality. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While not an exhaustive study of ancient Egyptian funerary jewelry, it does cover the basics and offer up previously unknown (to me, any way) facts of materials used. REVIEW: I have always been interested in ancient Egypt but this book focused on the jewelry, which I had only read about in general terms. In the section about the recovery of ancient Egyptian jewelry, the author talked about how discoveries are more often made by accident than by a deliberate, planned search. Many treasures have been dispersed all over the world because of being found by private persons. Materials were selected for their color rather than for their "refractive powers, brilliance, or rarity." Next the author discussed the uses of jewelry in ancient Egypt. Jewelry was used for personal adornment of men as much as for women, and used in burials, for the shrines of the gods, and as temple furnishings. The most common use of jewelry was as amulets - to protect the wearers from harm. The materials used by craftsmen to make jewelry in ancient Egypt were shells, horns, tusks, claws, stones, and gold. Some of the most popular stones were carnelian, lapis lazuli, and turquoise (very different from the veined turquoise we see here in the U.S). A very informative book. REVIEW: I ADORE jewelry and ancient Egyptian jewelry, although not even remotely affordable to me, is at the top of my list. This book has LOTS of color photos of very lovely jewelry spanning well over 1,000 years of Egyptian history. There is about 45 pages of text and black and white photos and drawings, plus over 100 color plates with a description of each item in those plates. A feast for the eyes! REVIEW: This is a very good sourcebook on dynastic Egyptian jewelry. There are plenty of photos and the text gives a good idea of methods, means and uses of jewelry, illustrated by line drawings from original sources (tombs, temples). The pieces used as illustrations cover dynastic Egypt; the quality of photography is superb. This one is in my own library. REVIEW: This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Ancient Egyptian jewelry. Cyril Aldred discusses how this jewelry was made and who by, the materials used, the various forms the jewelry took and for what uses it was made and worn for. The book is equipped with over 140 beautiful photographs, showing some of the less known (or less pictured) items of jewelry from Ancient Egypt. Aldred also provides a detailed commentary on each photograph. REVIEW: Of all the books about ancient Egyptian jewelry I found this to be the most helpful to my cause: studying the designs ancient Egyptian used and modifying them for my artwork. There are many color plates which help to illuminate the text descriptions. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. His prose is straightforward and easy to read for even a layman, such as I. I really enjoyed this book. REVIEW: After I borrowed this book from the library, I have been trying to find a good copy to purchase for myself (hard to find!). Mr. Aldred does a wonderful job writing about the beautiful pieces of jewelry that were discovered from the tombs of Egypt. The photographs and illustrations are excellent, whether they are in color or black and white. The information he provided of how each piece was made, the significance of the materials they worked with and the various techniques used to create such a piece makes this book a real treasure. REVIEW: This profusely illustrated book, which is as comfortable on a coffee table as it is on a shelf with other sourcebooks, did not disappoint me. It has photographs of pieces of jewelry that fit in with the text, and has, as well, illustrations from tombs and other sources showing how the goldsmiths worked to make the pieces. REVIEW: Whether you are an Egyptophile or if you are not and this is your first book on the subject, you will be delighted in the photographs and awe at the magnificent craftsmanship of this fabulous culture. The book's selections encompass all the well known pieces to show off. This makes a great book to appreciate Egyptian craftsmen. REVIEW: Not just a "King Tut" rerun. Yes, this book has the jewels from Tutankhamun's tomb in large full color photos but It also has the less-often-seen golden, jeweled treasures from the Queens of Western Thebes and from Dahshur, from Lisht, from Giza, from Lahun and others. REVIEW: The book is informative, well written; and, the photographs are well done. I find nothing negative in regards to this book. I purchased this book because I have a budding interest in Egyptology and the jewelry fascinates me. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments 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. A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. 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. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. 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: Good, Condition: GOOD. Very clean, lightly read, but EX-LIBRARY (with no external markings). See detailed condition description below., Publisher: Praeger (1971), Format: Hardcover with dustjacket, Length: 256 pages, Dimensions: 10 x 7¼ x 1¾ inches; 2½ pounds

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