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Layard, Nineveh and Its Remains 1852  

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Nineveh and Its Remains: With an Account of a Visit to the Chaldæan Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or Devil-Worshippers; and an Inquiry into the Manners and Arts of the Ancient Assyrians

Layard, Austen Henry

New York

George P. Putnam



2 vols. in 1. viii, [3]-326; [2], 373 pp. Introduction by Edward Robinson. Profusely illustrated with folding charts and plans, a large folding map, tinted frontispieces to both volumes and numerous engraved illustrations throughout the text. (8vo) 22x14 cm (9¼x5¾"), original decoratively blind-stamped dark green cloth, gilt stamped vignettes on the front cover and spine, spine lettered in gilt. 

An account of the author’s diggings and findings in the great mound of Nimroud in 1845, where he made discoveries of carved cuneiform slabs. However, Layard wrongly identified the site as that of Nineveh but in fact it is the city of Calah, the second capital of Assyria, after Ashur and before Nineveh. He later correctly identified the site of Kuyunjik as Nineveh.

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Fair amount of wear and rubbing to binding, with splitting and fraying to cloth at spine, binding cracked at middle but holding, scattered foxing and dampstaining affecting some plates, folding map detached and laid in at rear, with foxing, edge wear, and some creasing; about good.

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