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Journey from Cairo to Mount Sinai, with an account of Wadi Mukattab

CLAYTON, Robert (editor)
Dagverhaal van eene reize van Groot Cairo na den Berg Sinai en terug.
Amsterdam, Dirk Swart, 1754. 8vo. With folding engraved plate showing Egyptian deities, among them Isis nursing Horus. Near contemporary boards. [14], 192, [1 blank], [24] pp.
€ 2,500
Rare Dutch translation of a narrative describing a journey from Cairo to Mount Sinai and back, with an account of the famous "Valley of Inscriptions" (Wadi Mukattab). It was based on a manuscript by a missionary of the Sacred Congregation of the Propaganda Fide and edited and translated into English by Robert Clayton, who first published it in 1753 as Journal from Grand Cairo to Mount Sinai and back again. With the publication Clayton had hoped to persuade the Society of Antiquaries to send an expedition to Wadi Mukattab to study the inscriptions more closely. He believed them to be an early form of Hebrew, but in fact they were mostly made by Nabateans. Appended to the narrative is an account of Egyptian mythology.
Quire A nearly detached, some faint water stains, front hinge weak, binding shows some wear, otherwise in good condition. STCN (1 copy); WorldCat (3 copies); not in Tiele, Bibl.
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