Foundations in the Dust: The Story of Mesopotamian Exploration - Seton LloydLondon: Thames & Hudson, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Maps; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “First published in 1947, this classic account of the history of archaeological exploration in Mesopotamia has long been out of print and long been missed. The original edition won many converts to archaeology, for the author has an exciting tale to tell. Skilfully knitted together into a single narrative are the lives and accomplishments of the great pioneer Assyriologists — Rich, Rawlinson, Layard — and many other explorers of the last century, whose exploits are made to come alive through extensive quotations from their vivid letters. The dawning of a new age brought a more serious application of scientific method to excavation — Koldewey at Babylon, Delougaz at Khafajah — but the romance of discovery remained, and Woolley’s meticulous uncovery of the royal tombs at Ur brought justified publicity and acclaim. All this Seton Lloyd recounts in a style that one reviewer of the first edition characterized as ‘an ideal blend of the popular and the deeply informed’.
For this revised edition, in a new format, the text has been updated throughout and a completely new chapter added, bringing the narrative up to the present. As a former adviser to the directorate of antiquities in Iraq, Professor Lloyd is well placed to give his first-hand impressions of the changes that shaped post-war archaeology in Mesopotamia, and to describe his own considerable achievements in the realms of excavation and research. The addition of a large number of illustrations enhances still further the value of a book whose reappearance will be welcomed by old admirers and delight a whole new generation of readers.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 216 pages.