Discoveries in the ruins of Nineveh and Babylon ; with travels in Armenia, Kurdistan and the desert : being the result of a second expedition undertaken for the Trustees of the British Museum.
London, John Murray 1853.
8vo. xxiii+(1)+686pp, fldg engr frontis, (5) engr plates and plans, (4) of which fldg, (2) fldg engr maps, (8) tinted litho plates, numerous illustrations, plus (2)pp publisher’s adverts. Publisher’s decorative blind-stamped cloth, slightly frayed, lower corners a little bumped and front hinge weak, but binding still sound. Occasional spotting and foxing, mostly light.
First edition of this account of Layard’s second archaeological expedition to the Middle East, during which he excavated parts of a number of major sites, including Nineveh, Nimrud and Babylon, and was able to add much to his earlier book, Nineveh and its Remains, published in 1849, thanks to the efforts in the interim of linguists such as Henry Rawlinson in deciphering the cuneiform inscriptions.