By W. M. Flinders Petrie. Introduced, annotated, and annexed by Arthur Kemp, B.A.
Now accessible to the public once again after 130 years, this is a perfect edition of the ultra-rare handmade photo book by the man who founded the science of Egyptology, W. M. Flinders Petrie.
The author, acknowledged as the ‘father of Egyptology’ and holder of the first Chair of Egyptology in the United Kingdom, created this book to support his conclusion that Caucasians founded the civilization of Ancient Egypt, which he believed collapsed after being overwhelmed by Semitic and African influences from outside.
Working with a grant organized by his friend and colleague Francis Galton, who coined the term ‘eugenics,’ Flinders Petrie undertook an expedition to Egypt in 1886 to photographically document the various racial types depicted on the ancient monuments and buildings of Egypt, which he had noted on earlier expeditions.
The 190 black and white photographs—remarkably clear for the time—were then hand-bound and individually made for buyers in Britain and America.
The numbers issued were extremely limited, and only a handful of copies have survived. It is from one of these rare surviving copies—held in the Petrie Museum at University College London (UCL)—that this copy has been reproduced using the latest digital copying techniques.
In this photobook, the reader will see many unique pictures, now hidden from the public, of the various races of the Middle East and Africa as encountered by the Ancient Egyptians—and recorded in bas-reliefs and paintings on their monuments and buildings.
This work was a monumental undertaking but has been suppressed and hidden since it became politically incorrect to link civilization to race and racial achievement.
This completely reset edition contains a new introduction by Arthur Kemp, B.A. In addition, there are a number of annotations explaining terms used by the author in his photographic captions, and a new annexure containing modern photographs from the Egyptian monuments mentioned and visited by the author.
This is not a ‘photocopy’ but a professional digital copy made to the highest possible quality, and all but a handful of photographs look like they were taken only recently.
This is a must for anyone interested in the racial origins of Ancient Egypt.
208 photographs. 150 pages