Egypt's Making: The Origins of Ancient Egypt, 5000-2000 B.C. - Michael RiceLondon: Guild Publishing, 1990, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the pastedown. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains a chronology of events. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “Egypt is not one but many: the Egypt of the pyramids, of colossal statues, of strange animals and gods. It is a distant and alien place. But there is an Egypt that is more familiar, a world of common humanity, littered with children’s toys and games, with cosmetics, ornaments, and jewels, that is busy with the everyday transactions of ordinary life. Like all succeeding generations the ancient Egyptians argued and played games, loved, worked, and engaged in labour disputes. And yet there is something unique about Egypt — and it is this quality which Michael Rice celebrates in this book.
His concern is with what ‘made’ Ancient Egypt. To find out, he looks back into the earliest recorded period of Egypt’s past, tracing the story through the Predynastic period and forward into the early Dynastic Period and the Old Kingdom. He considers Egypt in its broad context, as a land which attracted to it intrepid travellers and traders, bringing influences from far away into the Valley, from the distant shores of the Arabian Gulf and beyond. Egypt’s was a culture of energy and dynamism, qualities not often apparent in dry museum presentations of Ancient Egypt-Trie underlying sense of Egypt’s self is often overwhelmed by its supreme productivity, the cascade of artefacts which now swamp the collections of the world. On the basis of thirty years’ experience of Egypt and the Middle East, Michael Rice goes beyond the artefacts themselves to explain their meaning, and to understand the lives of the Kings, citizens, and craftsmen who were involved in their creation.”