London: George Routledge and Sons, 1891. 8vo. xxvii, [i], 499 pp. SECOND EDITION. With frontispiece, title vignette, and many illustrations. Publisher’s blue cloth with gilt lettering, embellishments, and image of a camel rider and pyramids, spine chipped and edges rubbed; interior excellent. With the book label of Spyros Tsilimparis on the paste-down and his signature on the fly-leaf and half title. Item #14999
Second edition. This remarkable work was written by an equally remarkable female traveler. Having enjoyed a successful career as a novelist in England, Edwards traveled independently to Egypt without a male chaperone and in the company of a lady friend. There she became fascinated with Egyptology and archaeology, subjects which she studied and promoted for the rest of her life. This second edition corrects “some of the historical notes by the light of later discoveries,” but the narrative remains untouched. While much of the text recounts her delightful and often intrepid excursions in Egypt, Edwards was also keenly observant of her environment, commenting on the ethical implications of excavation, the antiquity trade, and the realities of colonial exploitation.
Edwards (1831-1892), born in London, was a journalist, novelist, and Egyptologist. She published her first novel in 1855. She is credited with rousing popular interest and support for archeological work in Egypt at a time when it was still an emerging field. A founding member of the Egypt Exploration Fund along with Reginald Poole, Edwards also held several honorary degrees from schools including Columbia and Smith.