By Edward William Lane
The launching of this hitherto unpublished booklet by way of the good nineteenth-century British tourist Edward William Lane (1801-76), a reputation recognized to just about each person in the entire many fields of heart East experiences, is a massive 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 was once by no means released: after years of work and regardless of an enthusiastic reception by means of the publishing company of John Murray in 1831, e-book of his first publication, Description of Egypt, used to be behind schedule and at last dropped, as a rule for monetary purposes. The manuscript was once bought to the British Library by way of Lane's widow in 1891, and has purely now been salvaged for book by way of Dr. Jason Thompson, approximately a hundred and seventy years after its completion.
This tremendously vital ebook, 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 way in which, could be of big curiosity to either historic and smooth historians of Egypt, and should develop into a vital spouse to his Manners and Customs.
''Jason Thompson's distinctive and committed version 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 e-book 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 past due date is an important boon to the examine of Egypt's historical past among the pharaohs and 18280.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.
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The causeway of stone which connects the citadel and light-house with the peninsula of Pharos is equipped upon a ridge of rock. Granite columns and different fabrics of historical constructions were hired in its development. The peninsula of Pharos is now referred to as Ro'dat et-Teen (or the backyard of the Fig) because of a couple of fig-trees growing to be there. Its south-western extremity is named Ra's et-Teen (or the Cape of the Fig). Upon this rocky peninsula are a palace of the Ba'sha,3 and a few different construction, and the burial-ground of the Moos'lims, adjoining to the city. the recent Harbour abounds with rocks and sand-banks, having little intensity of water over them; and is uncovered to the north and north-east winds, that are frequently very violent. where of anchorage is close to the causeway of the Pharos, the place there's enough intensity for corvettes and small frigates to lie. I shall now supply a short, basic account of the city: for as but i've got simply defined what I observed at the day of my arrival. the trendy identify of Alexandria is El-Iskenderee'yeb ^jjLSLu-VI. it's outfitted upon a slim neck of land, which unites the Peninsula of Pharos to the continent and therefore varieties the double harbour, as did anciently the causeway which, from its size of 7 stadia, used to be referred to as the Heptastadium. the floor that's occupied by means of the fashionable city has been shaped via a gentle deposit of sand on either side of the heptastadium; and the current scenario is unquestionably more desirable for a advertisement urban than the traditional web site. the homes are ordinarily outfitted of white calcareous stone, with a great quantity of mortar and plaster. a few have the foundation-walls, in simple terms, of stone; and the superstructure, of brick. they've got simple or projecting home windows, of wood lattice-work. The home windows of the homes belonging x a similar writer relates that a part of the Pharos used to be thrown down via an earthquake within the 12 months of the flight 177 (A. D. 793-4);—that Ahh'mad Ibn Too'loo'n surmounted it with a dome of wood;—and that an inscription upon a plate of lead used to be stumbled on upon the northern aspect, buried within the earth, written within the Yoo'na'nee (or old Greek) characters; each letter of which was once a cubit in peak and a span in breadth. This was once probably the inscription positioned via the unique architect, and which, in response to Strabo, used to be to this effect—"Sostratus Cnidius, the son of Dexiphanes, to the protective gods, for the sake of the mariners. " 2 A celebrated Arab theologian and historian, so known as from his birth-place, Oosyoo't, or Sooyoo't (commonly suggested Asyoo't), in higher Egypt. He died within the yr of the flight 911 (A. D. 1515-6). 3This identify, in Arabic, is usually mentioned Ba'sha: in Turkish, it really is Pa'sha'. In writing upon Egypt i feel it right to spell phrases because the Egyptians pronounce them: even though it is a Turkish identify. The Harbours and town of Alexandria nine to Europeans, and people of the palaces of the Ba'sha and the governor of Alexandria, and some others, are of glass. The roofs are flat, and lined with cement. there's little to respect within the inside structure of the homes; and town altogether has a really suggest visual appeal.