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NINEVEH AND ITS PALACES.
DISCOVERIES OF BOTTA AND LAYARD, APPLIED TO THE
WITH TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY ENGRAVINGS. INCLUDING THE RECENT
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
In preparing the first edition of "Nineveh and its Palaces " it was deemed desirable to follow a system of arrangement originated by the highly suggestive sculptures which have been discovered. Thus, after carefully examining the remains ain our Museum and in the Louvre, and studying the ground-plans of the respective structures with the original situations of the friezes, I selected a starting-point, and then pursued a regular and systematic course through the ruined chambers, reading the sculptures upon the walls together with the Scriptures as I progressed. Whether the line of reasoning adopted was erroneous or just, is still open to consideration ; but though my inferences and conclusions may be questioned by many, the approbation of the public is, at least, an evidence that my speculations were not altogether unwarranted, while the facts and subject-matter must indisputably continue interesting to all.
The present edition has been most carefully revised, and comprehends many additions, including a full description of the recent discoveries in Nimroud and Khorsabad, which have completed the collection from those places in the British Museum.
In conclusion, I would wish to avail myself of this opportunity of expressing my acknowledgments to the officers of the British Museum, for the uniform urbanity and liberal aid they have always afforded me: and likewise for the co-operation I have met with from many kind friends. To Mr. Samuel
Sharpe I am indebted for his valuable chapter on Assyrian History and Chronology; to Dr. Lepsius, for his prompt information respecting the Cyprus monument; to Dr. Lee, of Hartwell, for the papers of Dr. Grotefend; and to Mr. Romaine, for his sketches on the very spots whence the antiquities were derived: to each and all of these, as well as to other friends who have kindly promoted my labours, my heartfelt thanks are cordially returned.
JOSEPH BONOM1. 'March 2ith, 18S3.
A Thibd Edition having been called for, the work has undergone further revision, and is considerably enlarged both in matter and plates. It comprehends, among the additions, a full account of the important discoveries which have been made at Kouyunjilc and other places during the last few years, and engravings of many of the most interesting of the Assyrian sculptures recently added to the stores of the British Museum. Chronological tables, founded on modern research, have also been added, and will, no doubt, be appreciated by the scriptural and antiquarian student. In the compilation of these tables I have been mainly indebted to Mr. Samuel Sharpe, Mr. Bosanquet, and Mr. John von Gumpach, to whom I take this public occasion of tendering my grateful acknowledgments.
J. B. November, 1857.
Layard, 29—Early Travels, ib.—Proceeds to Asia, ii.—Excursion in the