A Thousand Miles up the Nile
by Amelia B. Edwards
Norton Creek Press, December 2008, 499 pages,
As enthralling as any work of fiction, A Thousand Miles up the Nile is the quintessential Victorian travel book. In 1873, Amelia B. Edwards, an upper-class Victorian spinster, spent the winter visiting the then largely unspoiled splendors of ancient Egypt.
The Great Rock-Cut Temple, Abou Simbel, Nubia.
An accurate and sympathetic observer, she brings nineteenth-century Egypt to life. A Thousand Miles up the Nile was an instant hit in 1876, and is received with equal enthusiasm by modern readers.
Fans of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody Emerson mystery series won't be struck by the similarities between the two Amelias. More importantly, A Thousand Miles up the Nile provides a wealth of background information and detail that will increase the reader's understanding and enjoyment of Peters' novels.
This Norton Creek Press edition of A Thousand Miles up the Nile is a complete, single-volume reproduction of the lavishly illustrated 1890 edition by Routledge and Sons, which routinely sells for over $100. The engravings are not as sharp as in the original, which was a masterpiece of the Victorian printer's art, but you will be delighted by both the book and its illustrations.
Look for more of Edwards' works from Norton Creek Press.
Amelia B. Edwards was an author and co-founder of the Egypt Exploration Fund (now the Egypt Exploration Society in 1882. She wrote a famous book on egyptology (Pharoahs, Fellahs, and Explorers) and translated Gaston Maspero's book, Manual of Egyptian Archaeology).
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