London: Longmans, Green, 1877. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. Item #20123 .
4to. xxv, 732pp. Illustrated throughout and with the two hand-colored folding maps present. We note a few pages with a light stain on the outer margin nor affecting either image or text, else the textblock is in near fine condition.
Recent artist binding by Þ (signed on reverse cover) in full teal morocco. Spine lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Golden endpapers. The upper board contains in a recess a map of the Nile in puckered leathers of green, blues and tan. The river itself is represented by crushed turquoise. The rear board contains a scene of the Nile looking West, also in puckered leather in blues, greens and sand color showing first the river, then the bank and trees and finally the desert against the blue sky. The binding is in fine condition.
Edwards with friends toured Egypt in 1873-1874, renting a houseboat on the Nile. After visiting Phylae, they arrived at Abu Simbel where they remained six weeks. This is the record of her voyage and is enhanced with her own illustrations.
In 1882 she co-founded the Egypt Exploration Fund with Reginald Stuart Poole. She contributed to the article on Egyptology in the 9th edition of the Britannica, and her collection of Egyptian art is in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London.
Housed in a custom clamshell case, also by Þ, spine in teal morocco, gilt, cloth boards and blue marbled paper sides. The interior is padded with green faux fleece. In fine condition.