ROBERT HAY (1799-1863)
Illustrations of Cairo. London: Moyes & Barclay for Tilt & Bogue, 1840. 2° (54.5 x 37.5cm). Letterpress title. Tinted lithographed additional title, lithographed dedication, 30 tinted lithographed views on 29 sheets by J.C. Bourne after Hay, O. B. Carter and C. Laver. (Two plates with appreciable spotting.) Publisher's blue roan-backed cloth, titled in gilt on upper cover (extremities a trifle scuffed).
A FINE COPY of this work by one of the pioneers of Egyptology. Hay first visited Egypt in 1824, and returned 'as one of the leading members of an archaeological expedition between 1826 and 1838. Among his companions were the artists Arundale, Catherwood, J. Bonomi the younger, and E.W.Lane' (DNB). He established a base camp on the Nile from which the first systematic exploration of the Nile Valley was carried out. He presented a number of Egyptian Antiquities to the British Museum, which also now houses 49 large volumes of his archaelogical and other drawings, and some of the original drawings to the present work. Abbey Travel 270; Blackmer 794.