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King Tutankhamun: The Treasures of the Tomb Hardcover – 3 Dec 2007

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 01 edition (3 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500051518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051511
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 0.3 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 691,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Consistently clear and vibrant photography.

About the Author

Zahi Hawass is Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt. He has written scores of books and articles on ancient Egypt, including The Royal Tombs of Egypt and his autobiography, Secrets from the Sand, both published by Thames & Hudson.

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The other reveiwers have said it all really. I will add that this book, unlike too many others, avoids having large photos spread across the center fold, thus hiding part of the object. Either the photos are all on one page, or are in the form of a fold out. I think that there is nothing in this book that was not seen before, but it is one of only a tiny number of (very large) books that pesent the treasures in such a lavish way. Apart from the fold outs, what makes this book different from the others is that some of the objects are presented from multiple angles, and we see details that I have never seen before in any other book. That these treasures stand up so well to such close up photography is also testament to the ability of the ancient Egyptian artisans. There is nothing in this book to dissapoint, it is "eye candy" at it's finest.
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Format: Hardcover
This book has to be the best illustrated I have ever seen. The photographer Sandro Vannini really must be praised for capturing the spirit of ancient Egypt.
The book is also HUGE. 34.5cm tall and very nearly didn't fit into my bookcase (more suited as a coffee table book). It weighs approximately 2.5kg with nearly 300 pages; it is a monster of a book.

The truly unique part of this book is the fact that it had pull-out pages, the reason being so that large photos could be printed without having to shrink them into the small boundaries of a normal page. This way the reader can enjoy the detail of Ancient Egyptian craftsmanship.

The book has the following chapters
1. Introduction
2. The stairway and entrance corridor
3. The antechamber
4. The treasury
5. The annexe
6. Conclusion

It is important to remember that this book is not about the discovery of Tutankhamun, or the history of the boy king but a focus on the artefacts found in his burial chamber. Each photograph of an artefact is accompanied by its name, the material it is made of, the height and a detailed description.
Even if you do not read a single word of the book it is still worth having just to look at the photographs (can't stress the beauty of these enough). It will be a very long time before you see a better book regarding the artefacts of Tutankhamun. Well worth the price.
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Format: Hardcover
You have to buy it - if you have any interest at all in Tutankhamun or Egypt or beauty for its own sake!
The illustrations are utterly mouth-watering & with fascinating text.
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An amazing book with the most amazing full colour photography. The detailed write up on the finding of the tomb and each individual object is suberb. Love it
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8a8a9954) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
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HASH(0x8a8bd3b4) out of 5 stars Painfully Beautiful 19 July 2008
By dream factory - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gentle hard artisian hands lovigly crafted these exuisite treasures millennia ago. Child's chair, hunting box, cosmetic box, ritual figures, painfully beautiful jewelry of all sorts. Hundreds of carefully selected objects illustrate the array of magnificent artifacts which accompanied the king into eternity...... . . . Sure we already know the "stuff" that was painstakingly excavated. But its the way which they have been photographed that holds the magic in this deluxe book. Yes there have been a number of impressive Tutankhamun books, but this tome stands alone leaving the reader breathless..... . . . Visiting the traveling exhibit is moving, but you are pushed along by the murmuring crowd. With this book you have that chance to dwell upon the lavish beauty of the Tut collection in the silence and solitude of your private inner chamber. Hundreds of super resolution close up deatailed photos. The scratches the grooves, you can almost imagine ancient fingerprints. Through them you can touch the smooth alabaster the cool obsidian. Guilded wood and ebony feel comforting. There is the Klee-like inlaid heron amulet. The golden chariot with ornately carved Nubian slaves shakled in eternal discomfort. And of course the divine sarcophagus and coffins...... . . . The text works well with the photos. Taking you through the years of excavation and progressively deeper into the king's chambers. This book is a significant fascinating achievement. Documenting the majesty of king Tutankhanun. Allowing one to personally rediscover a remote civilization which flourished millennia ago.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a8bd408) out of 5 stars beautiful coffee table book 16 Sept. 2009
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I saw the exhibit in Indianapolis and they had this book "on sale" for $99, regularly 149.99. I wanted it but couldn't afford it. I was thrilled to find a copy here for a fraction of that price! I almost didn't buy it because I read a review that said the pages of the book were thin and flimsy. This was not the case with the copy I received. The pages are thick, glossy and colorful. This book has many more of the items pictured than what was in the exhibit I went to. If you've been to it and you want this book, find one on here cheaper and buy it. It's worth it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a8bd6e4) out of 5 stars Gorgeous but Delicate! 16 Feb. 2009
By J. Chi - Published on Amazon.com
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This book that is dominated by the photographs, but the writing is equally rewarding. My only regret is how delicate the pages are. I fear that I will tear or smudge the rest of the pages everytime I read this book. While I have tried to treat this book gently, the pages are not as durable as other, older books about King Tut. However I have looked at several King Tut books, and this is has the best images of the funeral mask, coffins, and coffinettes that I have ever seen. Just wear kid gloves before you spend and afternoon or evening with this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a8bd5dc) out of 5 stars "Wonderful Things!" 28 Oct. 2008
By Mary Beth C. Kellogg mbk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderfully beautiful book. I sat down and actually READ the whole book from cover to cover! Thanks for the good price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a8bdc24) out of 5 stars GOLDEN TUTANKAHAMUN 6 Nov. 2008
By Shannon Deason - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I saw the exhibit in Dallas, at the DMA on Tutankhamun recently and though the famous death mask, that is synonomous with this Pharaoh didnt make it out of Egypt, the exhibit was well worth the effort. As for this book, it's well researched and the images are excellent. It's informative without being laborious to read. Obviously after seeing the exhibit I wanted to get a book as a companion to my experience and this book fit the bill to perfection. If you have any interest in this Pharaoh or Ancient Egypt in general, then I can't imagine you not being pleased with this book. Highly recommended.
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