The Monuments of Egypt; or, Egypt a witness for the Bible, - with - Notes of a Voyage up the Nile by an American. - Francis L. Hawks (editor), John L. Stephens 1850 - Geo P. Putnam, New York - First Edition Striking copy of this comprehensive description of Egypt intwo parts, the first compiled from various well known works, and illustrated throughout with colour and tinted lithographs, and black and white in-text sketches and drawings. Uncommon in original publisher’s gilt illustrated cloth, without restoration or rebinding.

The second part titled ‘
Journal of a Voyage up the Nile, made between November, 1848, and April, 1849’ is an entertaining travelogue commonly attributed to John Lloyd Stephens, the renowned American archaeologist, famed for his exploration of the Maya runs in Central America, and an acquaintance Hawks met in London.
  Illustrations include a colour frontispiece and extra illustrated colour title page, six tinted lithographs, one colour plate, two monochrome plates, one map, and numerous black and white illustrations, sketches and diagrams throughout the text. The high quality lithographs are by Sarony and Major.

Francis Lister Hawks, the editor of this work, was rector of Calvary Church in New York City. The erudite and literary Hawks was also engaged to work together with Commodore Perry compiling the official report of the Perry’s expedition to Japan, using a number of journals written by men on the voyage.

Provenance: C. P. James with bookplates.

Reference: Hawks,
The late John L. Stevens, Putnam's Monthly Magazine of American Literature, Science and Art (Vol.1 Issue 1 64-68, January 1853).

Large octavo (book size 24 x 16 cm) pp. [2] 256, 162, 10 (publisher’s ads dated July 1849) 17-36 (publisher’s ads) [2]. In publisher’s patterned green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front board with gilt vignette, boards and spine with blank embossed decorations.
  Condition: Near fine, minor wear to corners and spine ends, foxing to first two free endpapers and last few pages of the publisher’s advertisements to the rear, light offsetting, one or two gatherings a little loose, generally a clean and fresh copy, in bright gilt decorated cloth.   Ref: 109164   Price: HK$ 3,000