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By Edward William Lane

The launching of this hitherto unpublished publication by way of the nice nineteenth-century British vacationer Edward William Lane (1801-76), a reputation recognized to nearly all people in the entire many fields of center East experiences, is an important publishing occasion. Lane used to be the writer of a couple of hugely influential works: An Account of the Manners and Customs of the trendy Egyptians (1836), his translation of The Thousand and One Nights (1839-41), Selections from the Kur-an (1843), and the Arabic-English Lexicon (1863-93). but one among his maximum works used to be by no means released: after years of work and regardless of an enthusiastic reception by way of the publishing enterprise of John Murray in 1831, booklet of his first booklet, Description of Egypt, was once behind schedule and at last dropped, normally for monetary purposes. The manuscript used to be bought to the British Library via Lane's widow in 1891, and has in basic terms now been salvaged for e-book by means of Dr. Jason Thompson, approximately a hundred and seventy years after its completion.
This significantly very important booklet, which takes the shape of a trip via Egypt from north to south, with descriptions of all of the historic monuments and modern lifestyles that Lane explored alongside the way in which, can be of huge curiosity to either historical and sleek historians of Egypt, and should develop into a necessary spouse to his Manners and Customs.
''Jason Thompson's unique and devoted version merits a lot praise.''-Astene e-newsletter, June 2002.
''Thompson, a historian at AUC, has performed sign carrier in taking a manuscript relationship from 1831 and getting ready it for booklet such a lot of years later; AUC Press merits compliment for making so significant a piece on hand, and at so moderate a price.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.
''In all, the looks of this significant paintings of scholarship at this past due date is an enormous boon to the learn of Egypt's background among the pharaohs and 18280.''-Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, June 2001.

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While _A was simply represented as h, the harsher £ was written hh. uJ was naturally written with a k, but the darker 3 with ck. Lane did not, however, differentiate in transliteration between j and o-0 (both written as d), u- and o-° (both s), or Jo and o (t). The guttural £ was transliterated with kh, £, with gh, and so on. As one might expect, Lane was conditioned by Egyptian pronunciation, most evident in his transliteration of £ with a hard g rather than the soft j that would be more appropriate in other parts of the Arab world.

A timely discovery prevented the destruction which might otherwise have ensued; and, as it was feared that another attempt of the same kind might be made, an order was issued that no vessel should be admitted into this harbour until she had been searched. " Our vessel was almost the only one lying in this harbour, excepting some boats from Reshee'd. The coast of Egypt had been within our view from sunrise; but three fourths of the day had passed before our vessel was safely moored, and the boat lowered to convey me to the landing-place, which was nearly three quarters of a mile distant.

Granite columns and other materials of ancient buildings have been employed in its construction. The peninsula of Pharos is now called Ro'dat et-Teen (or the Garden of the Fig) on account of a few fig-trees growing there. Its south-western extremity is called Ra's et-Teen (or the Cape of the Fig). Upon this rocky peninsula are a palace of the Ba'sha,3 and some other building, and the burial-ground of the Moos'lims, adjacent to the town. The New Harbour abounds with rocks and sand-banks, having little depth of water over them; and is exposed to the north and north-east winds, which are often very violent.

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