New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1974). Illustrated with hieroglyphs drawn by the translator and with paintings from Egyptian tombs by Nina M. Davies. First edition. Small 4to. 9-11/16" x 7-1/8". Blind stamped grey cloth covered boards. Silver stamped spine. 120 pp. A few foxed spots along top edge of text block. Previous owner's bookplate of free front endpaper, which might have been the cause of a slight rippling of the page. Otherwise, tight, clean and very good. / Jacket is very good. Item #1016
Romantic, idyllic, humorous, even satirical, sometimes naive, almost always graceful, these songs from the time of the last great pharaohs of Egypt preserve a picture of daily life of the New Kingdom, the last great flourishing of ancient Egyptian civilization. These ancient verses sing as poetry to the modern ear, and the translations are faithful to the spirit and idiom of the originals. Wearing the mantle of scholarship lightly, the poems re-create pe0ple of flesh and blood out of the distant past.