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GEORGE RAWLINSON, M.A.
CAMDEN PROFESSOR OF ANCIENT HISTORY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD : CANOK OF
CANTERBURY ; CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF TURIN
IN TWO VOLUMES
The work here offered to the public, conceived and commenced in the year 1876, was designed to supply what seemed a crying need of English literature—viz., an account of Ancient Egypt, combining its antiquities with its history, addressed partly to the eye, and presenting to the reader, within a reasonable compass, the chief points of Egyptian life—manners, customs, art, science, literature, religion—together with a tolerably full statement of the general course of historical events, whereof Egypt was the scene, from the foundation of the monarchy to the loss of independence. Existing English histories of Ancient Egypt were either slight and scantly illustrated, like those of Canon Trevor and Dr. Birch, or wanting in illustrations altogether, like Mr. Kenrick's, or not confined to the period which seemed to deserve special attention, like the 'Egypt' of Mr. Samuel Sharpe. Accordingly, the present writer, having become aware that no · History of Egypt' on a large scale was contemplated by Dr. Birch, designed in 1876 the work now published, regarding it in part as necessary to round off and complete his other principal labours in the historical field, in part as calculated to fill up a gap, which it was important to fill up, in the