Book, "The Tomb of Tutankhamen" by Howard Carter & A C Mace, 1930, 1927, 1933
London: Cassell and Company, Ltd, 3 volumes, large octavo. Original brown diagonally-ribbed cloth, titles gilt to spines and enclosing gilt scarab device on black ground to front covers, pictorial endpapers. Slightly rubbed, corners bumped, spines crumpled head and tail, but overall a very good set. Photographic frontispiece to each volume, plus an additional 410 photos by Harry Burton.Volume 1 of this set is the First Edition, Fourth Impression, dated February 1930.
Volume 2 is the First Edition, first impression, dated 1927.
Volume 3 is the First Edition, first impression, dated 1933.
Carter's own account of the most spectacular archaeological discovery of the 20th century. "In the summer of 1922 Carter persuaded Carnarvon to allow him to conduct one more campaign in the valley. Starting work earlier than usual Howard Carter opened up the stairway to the tomb of Tutankhamen on 4 November 1922. Carnarvon hurried to Luxor and the tomb was entered on 26 November. The discovery astounded the world: a royal tomb, mostly undisturbed, full of spectacular objects. Carter recruited a team of expert assistants to help him in the clearance of the tomb, and the conservation and recording of its remarkable contents. On 16 February 1923 the blocking to the burial chamber was removed, to reveal the unplundered body and funerary equipment of the dead king. Unhappily, the death of Lord Carnarvon on 5 April seriously affected the subsequent progress of Carter's work. In spite of considerable and repeated bureaucratic interference, not easily managed by the short-tempered excavator, work on the clearance of the tomb proceeded slowly and was not completed until 1932. Carter handled the technical processes of clearance, conservation, and recording with exemplary skill and care. This popular account of the work was published in three volumes over a ten year period (1923-1933), the first volume of which was substantially written by his principal assistant, Arthur C. Mace.