By Edward William Lane
The launching of this hitherto unpublished booklet by way of the good nineteenth-century British traveller Edward William Lane (1801-76), a reputation recognized to nearly every person in all of the many fields of center East experiences, is a tremendous publishing occasion. Lane was once the writer of a couple of hugely influential works: An Account of the Manners and Customs of the trendy Egyptians (1836), his translation of The Thousand and One Nights (1839-41), Selections from the Kur-an (1843), and the Arabic-English Lexicon (1863-93). but considered one of his maximum works used to be by no means released: after years of work and regardless of an enthusiastic reception by way of the publishing enterprise of John Murray in 1831, ebook of his first publication, Description of Egypt, used to be behind schedule and finally dropped, generally for monetary purposes. The manuscript was once bought to the British Library via Lane's widow in 1891, and has simply now been salvaged for e-book by way of Dr. Jason Thompson, approximately a hundred and seventy years after its completion.
This significantly vital ebook, which takes the shape of a trip via Egypt from north to south, with descriptions of all of the historic monuments and modern existence that Lane explored alongside the way in which, could be of mammoth curiosity to either historic and sleek historians of Egypt, and should turn into an important better half to his Manners and Customs.
''Jason Thompson's detailed and committed version merits a lot praise.''-Astene e-newsletter, June 2002.
''Thompson, a historian at AUC, has performed sign provider in taking a manuscript relationship from 1831 and getting ready it for book such a lot of years later; AUC Press merits compliment for making so significant a piece on hand, and at so average a price.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.
''In all, the looks of this significant paintings of scholarship at this overdue date is a big boon to the examine of Egypt's background among the pharaohs and 18280.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.
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Frigates may enter with safety; but ships of the line cannot, unless lightened by the removal of their guns; though there is more than sufficient depth of water for them within the harbour. The west, and north-west, and north winds are most prevalent; and are favourable for vessels entering the harbour; but outward-bound vessels often remain J A map [fig. , chapters one through sixteen] is in the larger portfolio which I send. 2 The permission for European vessels to anchor in the Old Harbour was obtained by Sir John Stuart, on the occasion of the peace of Amiens.
Though aware of the work of others, Lane ultimately had to rely on his own ear, informed by his rapidly growing knowledge of Arabic, to devise a system that suited his needs. The result was designed to convey an approximate sense of Arabic sounds to the general reader but in such a way that someone with a knowledge of Arabic could infer the correct spelling of the original Arabic word. , J = 1, ? ) wherever they existed, then establishing clear disctinctions between letters with subtle differences not readily apparent in English pronunciation or for letters with no English equivalent at all.
In this edition, practical considerations dictated separate presentation. The originals are to be found in six manuscript volumes;1 their order in the first five volumes is sequential according to their main references in the text, but that of the last volume is not entirely so. Also, the contents of the last volume, which apparently were not bound during Lane's time, were to be interspersed between the others, as they are here. Lane developed a numbering system of his own, which is no longer usable, but his references are retained, with the current figure numbers following in square brackets.
Description of Egypt: Notes and Views in Egypt and Nubia by Edward William Lane