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By Edward William Lane

The launching of this hitherto unpublished booklet via the nice nineteenth-century British vacationer Edward William Lane (1801-76), a reputation identified to nearly each person in all of the many fields of heart East experiences, is an important publishing occasion. Lane used to be the writer of a couple of hugely influential works: An Account of the Manners and Customs of the trendy 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 among his maximum works used to be by no means released: after years of work and regardless of an enthusiastic reception through the publishing company of John Murray in 1831, ebook of his first publication, Description of Egypt, was once behind schedule and finally dropped, in most cases for monetary purposes. The manuscript used to be bought to the British Library via Lane's widow in 1891, and has in basic terms now been salvaged for book by means of Dr. Jason Thompson, approximately one hundred seventy years after its completion.
This vastly very important e-book, which takes the shape of a trip via Egypt from north to south, with descriptions of the entire historic monuments and modern existence that Lane explored alongside the best way, can be of large curiosity to either historic and sleek historians of Egypt, and may develop into a necessary spouse to his Manners and Customs.
''Jason Thompson's distinct and committed variation merits a lot praise.''-Astene e-newsletter, June 2002.
''Thompson, a historian at AUC, has performed sign carrier 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 on hand, 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 overdue date is a huge boon to the examine of Egypt's heritage among the pharaohs and 18280.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.

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D. 1515-6). 3This title, in Arabic, is always pronounced Ba'sha: in Turkish, it is Pa'sha'. In writing upon Egypt I think it proper to spell words as the Egyptians pronounce them: though this is a Turkish title. The Harbours and City of Alexandria 9 to Europeans, and those of the palaces of the Ba'sha and the governor of Alexandria, and a few others, are of glass. The roofs are flat, and covered with cement. There is little to admire in the interior architecture of the houses; and the town altogether has a very mean appearance.

It appears, therefore, that this temple was on a hill, between the canal and the city, towards the Necropolis. All these descriptions of its position agree exactly with the site of the great pillar. Therefore, as the accounts of the Greek and Arab writers coincide respecting the situation of this building, we may consider this point as clearly established; and likewise the truth of the history of the destruction of the library. The worship of Serapis was abolished, and his temple and colossal image destroyed by order of the Emperor Theodosius; as Ruffinus relates: but that the building in which the books were contained was preserved we learn from later writers.

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. Why (I would ask) should they record what they considered an event of scarcely any importance? It is evident, from the slight manner in which 'Abd El-Latee'f and El-Muckree'zee mention the fact, that they regarded it as a very unimportant occurrence.

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