First Edition of the Tomb of King Tut
CARTER, Howard. Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen. Discovered by the Late Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter. London: Cassell and Company , 1923 [and 1927 and 1933].
First edition. Three large octavo volumes (9 1/4 x 6 3/8 inches; 234 x 163 mm). xxiii, [1, blank], 231, [1, colophon]; xxxiv, 277, [1, colophon]; xvi, 247, [1] pp. With appendices by Douglas E. Derry, A. Lucas, P.E. Newberry, Alexander Scott, and H.J. Plenderleith in Volume II and Douglas E. Derry and A. Lucas in Volume III. Each volume with a frontispiece and numerous photographic plates. Half-titles in each volume.

Original light brown cloth lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Front cover with black leather label stamped in gilt with a scarab. Pictorial endpapers in green and white. Some minor rubbing to covers, very minor wear to spine edges. All volumes with previous owner’s bookplate, on half-title in volumes I and III and initial blank in volume II. Inner hinges show cracking but holding. Volume III with some glue repair to front inner hinge. A bit of foxing and toning to text leaves and edges, but not affecting plates. Overall a very good copy with the gilt still very bright.

"This narrative of the discovery of the tomb of Tut-ankh-Amen is merely preliminary: a final record of purely scientific nature will take some time, nor can it be adequately made until the work of investigation of the tomb and its vast material has been completed. Nevertheless, in view of the public interest in our discovery, we felt that some account without the loss of time, no matter how summary, was necessary, and that is the reason for the publication of this book. We have here for the first time, a royal burial very little disturbed in spite of that hurried plundering it has suffered at the hands of the ancient tomb-robbers, and within the shrines of the tomb-chamber I believe the Pharaoh lies intact, in all his royal magnificence." (From the Preface).

HBS # 67839 $2,500