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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,530) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382406261287 Life and Death of a Pharaoh: Tutankhamen by Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt with 75 Color Photographs by F.L. Kenett. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with Dust Jacket: 312 pages. Publisher: New York Graphic Society; (1964). The very name, Tutankhamen, has come to represent one of the most romantic and exciting moments if ancient history and modern archaeology; Egypt, land of the sphinxes, at the height of her magnificent civilization; a young king whose burial treasure of staggering wealth and unsurpassed beauty was discovered almost intact; and an archaeological find which astounded the world and seemingly laid a curse on the members of the expedition, the vengeance of the pharaohs. What is in fact and what is fancy; is the truth stranger than the legend? Here, in an impressive combination of provocative text and superlative color plates, is the disclosure of indeed a strange and wonderful truth, Christiane Desroches - Noblescourt, Cheif Curator if the National Museums of France, and F. L. Kenett, photographer of sculpture par excellence, have put their remarkable talents together to produce what is certainly one of the most interesting and beautiful books ever published. The art objects from Tutankhamen's tomb have never before been photographed out of their cases in color, or reproduced with such fidelity. Tutanhkamen first tells the story of the discovery of the tomb by Howard Carter in 1922 and explores the legend of the curse of the pharaohs. Then with remarkable historical insight, the author sets the scene for the drama that took place in Egypt 3,300 years ago. She explores the background of Tutankhamen’s early life and disentangles his complicated family relationships; she reconstructs in graphic and moving detail the ceremony of his coronation and the nine short years of his reign. Giving a new and often controversial interpretation of the objects found in his burial treasure, she goes on to describe the elaborate process of mummification of the young king’s body and the funeral rites involved in the preparation for his afterlife and immortality. Finally she brings new evidence to shed light on the pathetic predicament of his widow and the problems of succession caused by his death. This is the most substantive general work produced on the subject since the publication of the original account by Howard Carter. Tutankhamen combines a brilliant and thoroughly up-to-date text with color photography at its finest, has become the classic work on a person and period of Egyptian history which has perennially intrigued mankind. CONDITION: Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound. Blue cloth covers show little wear + are very clean EXCEPT that beneath dustjacket (unseen) there's a damp stain to top portion of back cover. There's also a damp stain to a portion of top surface of closed page edges (visible only when book is closed, not to individual pages, only to mass of closed page edges). Original dustjacket was lost, so we produced a full-color replacement printed on high-gloss photographic quality paper, enclosed in a mylar cover. It's very handsome and durable. Book is very clean with only (described) minor cosmetic blemishes. Vintage L.A. Museum of Art brochures included. Satisfaction guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: This volume contains thirty-two magnificent photographs taken by F.L. Kenett, together with more than a hundred monochrome illustrations. Kenett's wonderful photographs were taken when the burial treasures from King Tutankhamen tomb were removed from their museum cases and photographed using studio lighting. These illustrations support an excellent text by the leading French Egyptologist, Madame Desroches-Noblecourt, in which she describes the discovery of the tomb, its contents, and the light it has shed on the short reign of the boy-king and on Egyptian history and culture in general. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Desroches-Noblecourt is one of the foremost experts on the subject of Tutankhamen. This volume is dense in information while remaining thoroughly entertaining. A library on the period must include this excellent book. Tutankhamen: Life and Death of a Pharaoh has surely become one of my favorite books to read. REVIEW: Here, in an impressive combination of provocative text and superlative color plates, is the disclosure of indeed a strange and wonderful truth. Tells the story of the discovery of the book in 1922 and explores the legend of the curse of the pharaohs. Explores the background of Tutankhamen's early life and disentangles his complicated family relationships. Reconstructs, in graphic and moving detail, the ceremony of his coronation and the nine short years of his reign. Describes the elaborate process of mummification and the funeral rites involved in the preparation for his after-life and immortality. Brings new evidence to shed light on the pathetic predicament of his widow and the problems of succession caused by his death. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: A great book and well written! Describes the discovery of King Tut's tomb and the impact of what was found there on Egyptian history and culture. Written by a French archaeologist, this guide to Tutankhamen's tomb describes its discovery in 1922 and interprets the nature and purpose of the precious objects found. It is the recreation of the splendid civilization which flourished on the Nile more than 3, 000 years ago. A fascinating story accompanied by one-hundred and eighty-seven monochrome pictures and seventy-five color plates. REVIEW: This is the most detailed reference available on the subject of the boy-king, Tutankhamun. Most books tend to emphasize full-page color photography, designed to be “coffee table” books. You will definitely find no shortcomings in the quantity and quality of illustrations and photographs included within the covers of this masterpiece. But what you will find here, unlike most any other “study”, is a total of 312 pages of detailed information regarding the life and reign of the boy-king, and the early 20th century discovery of his tomb. This is the “real deal”. If the coffee table variety of books leaves you wanting to ask, “where’s the meat?” you’ve found it here! 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. 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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. And yes, my writing style might seem familiar to you. I have given permission to several other eBay sellers to use my written descriptions and historical information, and you’ll find my descriptions and histories widely plagiarized by unauthorized eBay Sellers as well (as the ditty goes, the highest form of compliment). Title: Life and Death of a Pharaoh

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