By Edward William Lane
The launching of this hitherto unpublished publication through the good nineteenth-century British vacationer Edward William Lane (1801-76), a reputation identified to nearly each person in the entire many fields of heart East reports, is an immense publishing occasion. Lane used to be the writer of a couple of hugely influential works: An Account of the Manners and Customs of the fashionable Egyptians (1836), his translation of The Thousand and One Nights (1839-41), Selections from the Kur-an (1843), and the Arabic-English Lexicon (1863-93). but one in every of his maximum works used to be by no means released: after years of work and regardless of an enthusiastic reception through the publishing enterprise of John Murray in 1831, e-book of his first ebook, Description of Egypt, was once not on time and finally dropped, commonly for monetary purposes. The manuscript used to be bought to the British Library by means of Lane's widow in 1891, and has in simple terms now been salvaged for e-book via Dr. Jason Thompson, approximately a hundred and seventy years after its completion.
This vastly very important publication, which takes the shape of a trip via Egypt from north to south, with descriptions of all of the historic monuments and modern lifestyles that Lane explored alongside the best way, may be of great curiosity to either old and sleek historians of Egypt, and should turn into an important spouse to his Manners and Customs.
''Jason Thompson's precise and committed variation merits a lot praise.''-Astene publication, June 2002.
''Thompson, a historian at AUC, has performed sign provider in taking a manuscript courting from 1831 and getting ready it for booklet such a lot of years later; AUC Press merits compliment for making so significant a piece to be had, and at so average a price.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.
''In all, the looks of this significant paintings of scholarship at this past due date is a big boon to the research of Egypt's heritage among the pharaohs and 18280.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.
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It was probably nOMTIHIOC; for M. Quatremere has shown that there was a prefect of that name in Egypt in the time of Diocletian. If so, the appellation of "Pompey's Pillar" is not altogether incorrect. —Abd El-Latee'f and El-Muckree'zee affirm that this pillar originally belonged to a magnificent building, containing a library, which 'Amr Ibn El-'A'see1 burnt by command of the Khalee'feh 'Om'ar. A particular account of the destruction of this library is given by Ab'oo-l-Far'ag2; but the statement of that author has been disbelieved because the story is related by few other writers.
The names have mostly been written by persons who have ascended to the summit. This they have been enabled to do by flying a large paper kite, and causing it to descend so that the cord rested upon the top of the capital; by which means they succeeded in drawing a stout rope over it; and, having accomplished this, easily rigged shrowds, by which to ascend. This exploit has been performed several times; generally by naval officers, who have caused the name of their ship to be painted on the shaft.
2 Wood-cut no. P. [fig. 5]. 3After a Moos'lim is beheaded his head is placed under his arm: a Christian's is placed between his legs. A Jew is never beheaded: his blood would pollute the sword: and therefore he must be hanged. The Harbours and City of Alexandria j The quarter occupied by the Europeans is the south-eastern part of the town; by the shore of the New Harbour. This situation appears to have been chosen for their residence because it was convenient for the landing and shipping of their merchandise: but now that the Old Harbour is open to their vessels the situation is not so advantageous for them.
Description of Egypt: Notes and Views in Egypt and Nubia by Edward William Lane