Egyptian Sketches - Jeremiah Lynch 1890 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition A fine copy of this work, far more a view of Egypt and description of a wealthy expatriate lifestyle there, and not a particularly academic treatise, illustrated with sixteen black and white photographic plates. Despite Lynch’s descriptions of dancing girls, parties and the taking of a ‘temporary wife’, this particular copy was gifted to a Mr. Edwin Harcourt from the Teachers of the Cecil St. Wesleyan Sunday School!

Egyptian Sketches was slated hugely by the New York Times on publication in 1890. Lynch mentions a friend of his whose description seems to have caused the New York Times to erupt in moral outrage:- ‘Men like this young American account to a large extent for the exaggerated notions of our wealth that prevail in Egypt. He had taken a house in the native quarter of Cairo and there he entertained his friends handsomely. He does not appear to have minded paying $75 for four dancing women and the players on instruments who entertained his guests for a few hours. Nor did his morals prevent him from taking for a temporary wife the daughter of a Turk who had been killed at Tel-el-Kebir. This was done with the understanding that after three months, according to Moslem law, he could put his wife away. With her to this American’s house went also her sister and her mother.’

Anyway, it is a good read and is clearly written by someone with both sympathies for the locals and their history, and for his own expat lifestyle, during a time of great unrest and political upheaval.
  Provenance: Elegantly hand-written presentation inscription to Edwin Harcourt from the Teachers of the Cecil St. Wesleyan Sunday School dated February 1896. Later modern booksellers plate to front, with rather amusing bi-line Egyptologists Dig Their Mummies.

pp. [6] 250. In publisher’s pale blue cloth, decorated in dark blue and lettered in gilt to spine and front board, additional gilt embossed vignette to front board, black coated endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, a little sunning to edges of spine, and minor wear to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 109165   Price: HK$ 2,500