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Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and the Holy Land

Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and the Holy Land
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology

  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108079266

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About the Authors
  • The American writer and diplomat John Lloyd Stephens (1805–52) was effectively the founder of Mesoamerican archaeology, through his rediscovery of the Mayan civilization (his two-volume Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan is also reissued in this series). But before that, having qualified and practised as a lawyer in New York, he went on a two-year journey through Egypt and the Near East, publishing an account of his experiences in 1837 (under the name of George Stephens): this reissue is of the expanded 1838 edition. The work was extremely popular, possibly because, as he states in the preface, Stephens writes 'without perplexing himself with any deep speculations upon the rise and fall of empires', nor does he give much archaeological detail. He intends to show the bustling New World what scenes are 'now passing in the faded and worn-out kingdoms of the Old World', involving travel in areas previously unknown to Western explorers.

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    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108079266
    • length: 710 pages
    • dimensions: 214 x 138 x 42 mm
    • weight: 0.928kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Preface to new edition
    1. Alexandria
    2. From Alexandria to Cairo
    3. The slave-market at Cairo
    4. Journey up the Nile
    5. Sporting on the Nile
    6. Small favours thankfully received
    7. The temple of Dendera
    8. The rock of the chain
    9. Ascent of the cataracts
    10. Thebes, its temples and great ruins
    11. The Arabs and the pacha
    12. A travelling artist and antiquary
    13. A good word for the Arabs
    14. The caravan
    15. The aspect of the mountains
    16. Ascent of Sinai
    17. Diet of the monks. Volume 2:
    1. The caravan
    2. Evening amusements
    3. Prophecy and fulfilment
    4. Petra
    5. A bold endeavour
    6. Valley of El Ghor
    7. The road to Gaza
    8. Approach to Hebron
    9. An Arnaout
    10. The tomb of Rachel
    11. Church of the Holy Sepulchre
    12. The field of blood
    13. The synagogue
    14. Desert of St John
    15. The River Jordan
    16. Convent of Santa Saba
    17. Pilgrimage to the Jordan
    18. Sebaste
    19. A ride on donkey-back
    20. St Jean d'Acre

  • Author

    John Lloyd Stephens

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