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The Royal Tombs of Egypt: The Art of Thebes Revealed [Hardcover]

Zahi Hawass , Sandro Vannini
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4 Dec 2006
The Valley of the Kings is famous throughout the world as the burial place of the great New Kingdom pharaohs. Many of the royal tombs contain astonishing wall paintings of the king with various gods and goddesses, as well as papyri, mummies, decorated coffins and other artifacts. Here now is the first ever book to reproduce the wall paintings and murals in full. Beautifully illustrated in colour throughout, this volume allows the reader to join the pharaohs of the New Kingdom on their journey to immortality.

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  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (4 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500513228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500513224
  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 27.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The photographs reproduce every detail with startling clarity and a superb intensity of colour ... highly recommended' --British Museum Magazine

'A visual feast, truly a book that can be enjoyed and one that will enhance any future visit to the Valley to see the actual tombs' --Ancient Egypt

'Sandro Vannini's detailed photography will keep you absorbed for hours ... a beautiful, high-quality book that takes you on a tour of the Egyptian netherworld at a very reasonable price' --Focus

'A treasury of informative text ... packed with wonderful, detailed photographs' --Birmingham Post

'Stunning ... fascinating stuff'
--The Sunday Telegraph

'For a blow-out, coffeee-table treat, you can't beat The Royal Tombs of Egypt' --Bettany Hughes, The Sunday Herald

'Spectacular ... containing numerous gorgeous photographs [and] remarkable six-page foldouts ... an exemplary guide'
--The Spectator

About the Author

Zahi Hawass is General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt. He has written scores of books on the archaeology of ancient Egypt, including his memoir Secrets in the Sand, also published by Thames & Hudson.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work! 10 Dec 2006
By R. Loft
Having a large collection of books on Egypt, I decided to give this one a go without seeing it. I'm glad I did! It is an amazing book for its price; the graphics and photography are clear, the preproductions of the wall paintings spectacular - at least one folding out from five full pages. The illustrations are arranged to tell the story of the journey of the dead, rather than by tomb (which may make some searches a little harder if you are after an illustration from, say, from the tomb of Seti I, but this is a minor issue. All in all, excellent value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to own. 5 Jun 2013
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A truly excellent book. Suitable for serious study and simply to enjoy the photography. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars superb pullouts 29 Jun 2014
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Dislike Hawass and only bought this because of the great reviews. They were right. The amazing multiple-page pullouts are superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 3 Oct 2007
By Aaron de Souza - Published on Amazon.com
As a lover of all things Egyptian and a trained Egyptologist I had high expectations for this book.... and it delivered in every way. The fold-out pages give a fantastic view of the insides of the tombs that the average tourist isn't permitted to take photos of. And instead of viewing a small section at a time you have entire vistas laid out for you. The high quality photography shows the smallest details so clearly that you can see the individual bushstrokes and even places where the painter accidentally dripped some paint and forgot to clean it up. Every time I turned a page memories of my time in Egypt came flooding back.

If I have to make one complaint it would be that there are not enough images of the tomb of Nefertari, and perhaps also the tomb of Seti I. The images that there are are quite selective and do not give an overall impression of their beauty. Admittedly, the focus is on the Valley of The Kings, but Nefertari was a queen and henceforth royal, too.

All in all, this is a MUST have book for anyone who loves Egypt.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 10 Sep 2007
By John S. Uebersax - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent book. There are dozens, if not hundreds of books filled with pictures of Egyptian art these days -- but this back far surpasses all the others I've seen.

Don't judge this book by the cover on the Amazon page. The cover is rather bland, colorwise, in contrast to the spectacular color illustrations.

The description says there are 30 foldouts -- but it doesn't say that these are huge foldouts--several pages long.

The thoughts that ran through my mind as I looked at the book were, "this is a cultural achievement -- the greatest tribute to the Royal Tombs of Egypt yet paid in modern history" and "surely this is a labor of love by Zahi Hawass, Director of Egyptian Antiquities."

For $65 (the original US price), this book is a bargain -- and even more so with the discounted price (as of this writing) of only $41.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Royal Tombs is a Trip in Time. 12 April 2007
By Mark D. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Nothing short of exceptional!!! I had heard that the book was a bit tricky to read - what with many foldout pages - but I didn't find that to be the case at all. This might be the situation for someone who is leafing through the book quickly - but this a book that needs to be savored. The photography is fantastic - you get a REALY good idea of what the insides of the Royal Tombs look like. I have no complaints, gripes, nit picks, etc. - This is a book to own and re-read and puruse for years to come.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book 13 May 2007
By Greg Slater - Published on Amazon.com
Another exceptionally fine book from the publishing house of Thames and Hudson. Exquisitely photographed by Sandro Vannini and sterling text by Zahi Hawass, the highly respected expert in the field of ancient Egypt. For those who will never have the opportunity of visiting Egypt, this "virtual" tour of its royal tombs is an essential addition to any library of those interested in this extraordinay civilization.

Greg Slater

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tombs of Egypt 15 Jan 2007
By R. K. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a museum and collector quality book that is worth the price it asks, for its value is far higher. Excellent for a home or school library, to being on a collectors shelves, this book will serve well.
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