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1 Adkins, Lesley and Roy The Keys of Egypt - The Race to Read the Hieroglyphs
London Harper Collins 2000 0002570912 / 9780002570916 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which has a little fading to spine. 28 illustrations and 2 maps. The archaeologist authors present a detailed account of the scramble to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs, and the rediscovery of the Nile Valley after it had been closed to Europeans for nearly 1,500 years.When in 1798, Napoleon's invasion of Egypt led to the discovery of the ancient temples, tombs and statues, all covered with hieroglyphs - the last remnants of a lost language, the discovery of the Rosetta Stone raised hopes that the mystery of the hieroglyphic writing could be solved. In France, Jean-Francois Champollion, obsessed with unravelling the origins of mankind, and who had began to learn languages in order to study the original Old Testament, found the challenge to which he would dedicate his life - the decipherment of hieroglyphics. After the French Revolution, this was a dangerous time for Champollion, as he had strong political beliefs, and his significant progress was despite opposition from jealous rivals and harassment from vicious political enemies. Failure also threatened, as his closet competitor, the English physician Thomas Young, claimed success was imminent, however Champollion made the decisive breakthrough in 1822. 
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