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The Complete Tutankhamun: The King · The Tomb · The Royal Treasure Paperback – 29 Aug 1995


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; New edition edition (29 Aug 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500278105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500278109
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'I have never had any hesitation in telling anyone who is looking for a good introduction to Tutankhamun that this is the one book to get'
--Ancient Egypt

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A renowned Egyptologist and one of the world's leading experts on the period, Nicholas Reeves is G.A.D. Tait Curator of Egyptian and Classical Art at Eton College. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Bowles VINE VOICE on 7 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
For an armchair Tutankhamun experience this book is brilliant. Nicholas has crafted a book that takes the reader, photograph-by-photograph, illustration-by-illustration through the family history, the Valley of the Kings and the treasures discovered. For the Tutankhamun reader this book is the reference work for getting a visual impression of that relation, that funery pit, that adze, in fact, an Alladin's Cave of information, lavishly illustrated. I constantly refer to this companion to check out references in other books. The casual reader can go as far as they wish because the illustrations keep pulling you in deeper and deeper. If you intend visiting the Valley of the Kings and the Cairo museum this is one book you should have at your side.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bibi on 30 May 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is simply fanatastic ! The best book about Tutankhamun around - it is the most complete study of his life, his times, his world. You must buy it because there is no other book on the subject that even compares with it ! Enough information and photographs to keep you going for years ! I bought it five years ago and I am still referring to it...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By davenewsome@redhotant.com on 12 July 2000
Format: Paperback
When Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, he described the objects inside as 'wonderful things'...this book is just as wonderful.
A brilliant documentary about Egyptian archaeology in the early 1900s, Carter's systematic perseverance, and a superb inventory of all things Tutankhamun.
This fascinating and masterful book should be of interest to anyone who is interested in Egyptian history, Archaelogy, Tutankhamun, or gold, jewels and treasure!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PA Hughes on 27 Jun 2003
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This is a hive of information about Tutankhaten, or how he became Tutankhamun, beautiful pictures, it makes a fantastic reference to the boy King, you somewhat feel saddened for him, his life was not so easy, it's all the beautiful pictures depicted centuries ago, especially the ones with him, and Ankhanasamun (his young wife), they were very much in love, it's a moving reference book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb 2000
Format: Paperback
it is the only book you will ever need to know about tutankhamun, well researched, readable and very factual and informative. Definitely a unique book - a masterpiece!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dc_x on 29 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've just come back from a trip to Cairo where I saw the Tutankhamun treasures for the first time - a truly magnificent experience, and one I'd recommend for everyone. Before the trip I read Howard Carter's book The Tomb of Tutankhamen (note the different spelling if you look for this on Amazon), and also this book by Nicholas Reeves. Carter's book gives more information and it is wonderful to read about the tomb's discovery and its objects from the man himself. However, Carter's book (at least the 1972 edition I have) only has a limited number of pictures and it was a little frustrating to read Carter's descriptions of the many "wonderful things" and yet only be shown pictures of a selection of them. This is where Reeves' book comes in as it has pictures of many more of the objects, and it also gives information on the men behind the excavation and the background leading up to the discovery. The problem with Reeves' book is that the text doesn't go into any where near the same detail as Carter's, nor is it as well written.

In summary then, I'd say Carter's book is essential reading if you want to get the most out of your visit to the Cairo museum, but I also highly recommend the Reeves book as a companion to Carter's book for the many pictures it has.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug 2002
Format: Paperback
This book goes over everything to do with Tutankhamun and more. It has an entire section about tutankhamun's life and times, several sections on the tomb itself and the funeral equipment found in it. The book reveals many things about tutankhamun which are not very comonley known and is filled with colourful pictures and diagrams. This book is probably one of the best books on Tutankhamun around today. Many of the other books by Nicholas Reeves are also worth a read. I highly recomend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phiz on 27 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have the hardback and it's similar in structure and layout to its companion title, "The Complete Valley of the Kings".

It's a good popular book, not a stuffy tome. It's more like a big magazine than a book - with sidebars to add extra information. It is stuffed full of photos. Most of the 619 illustrations are in black and white but the main objects are shown in colour photos and the standard of reproduction is very high.

The first couple of dozen pages provides some background on the 18th Dynasty, particularly Ahenaten, and a summary of Tutankhamun's life. This is followed by a section which descibres the exploration of the Valley of the Kings leading up to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. The last pages in the chapter deal with the curse and he death of Lord Caernarvon.

This main body of book is more than 130 pages, with a detailed summary of the tomb, its layout and decoration. There are lots of great photos, and the colour images of the main items are of very high quality. These are high quality, studio lit photographs which have also been printed to a high standard.

I would recommend this book to anybody looking for a book on Tutankhamun.
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