on 8 December 2012
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.
on 5 September 2012
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
2. The stairway and entrance corridor
3. The antechamber
4. The treasury
5. The annexe
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.