Starting a new collection
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Do you have any tips on how to find out if a book has been translated? How can I know if a book has been translated in French, German, Japanese,...?
Is that too far afield for your collection?
The Great Archaeologists and their Discoveries as Originally Reported in the pages of the Illustrated London News edited by Edward Bacon is a well illustrated large format book with a nice collection of period accounts.
Finding the Walls of Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik by Susan Heuck Allen focuses on the man overshadowed by Schliemann and an important figure in the discovery of Troy.
There are the two books by the great archaeologist/Egyptologist W. M. Flinders Petrie, which detail his life and exploits. Ten years Digging in Egypt and Seventy years in archaeology. These are wonderfully synthisized by Margaret S. Drower in her thick volume, Flinders Petrie: A Life in Archaeology.
Bernard P. Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt are the biggest two names when it comes to the discovery of ancient Egyptian papyri and the discovery of the earliest Biblical manuscripts. Not strictly biographical, the now classic Fayum Towns and Their Papyri, is just one of the many volumes they published (many through the Egypt Exploration Fund/Society).
Sven Hedin's My Life as an Explorer and Aurel Stein's Ruins of Desert Cathay: Personal Narrative of Explorations in Central Asia and Westernmost China and the other books they wrote about their Asian exploits along the Silk Road, in China, Tibet and the Himalyas are classics. Susan Whitfield has written Aurel Stein on the Silk Road and a number of other books relating to the Silk Road and Aurel Stein's discoveries.
Finally, though not the most exciting book, The Search for the Buddha: The Men Who Discovered India's Lost Religion by Charles Allen, details the lives and exploits of some of the first people to explore India's past.
thank you very much for this, it is extremely helpful. Are you interested in the same subjects? It will definitely extend the horizon of my collection.
Original publications by some of the more noted archaeologists can be difficult to find and sometimes very expensive. Also, much material was published in various journals as well.
If this use of the term "archaelogy" is not appropriate, I stand corrected.
Best of luck. Sounds like a great collection for your endeavors!!
Don't neglect publications in contemporary journals, magazines and newspapers. Having a collection of newspapers that announce archaeological discoveries can help you get more in touch with your subject. Admittedly, they aren't easy to find.
My collection of Berlioz biographies has expanded with three subcollections:
- bibliographies of Berlioz studies; there are only two that I know of, but I have one of those twice so that I can keep notes in one copy (date bought, prices fetched at auctions, ...)
- contextual publications, e.g. about opera in Paris, musical journalism, poetry in Berlioz' days
- books Berlioz liked; some of those are classics (the Aeneid and Goethe's Faust for example), others are real collectibles (e.g. the pastoral novel 'Estelle et Némorin' by Jean Pierre de Claris de Florian)
Thank you all.
Some of Heinrich Schliemann's diaries and copybooks of letters can be downloaded (as PDF copies and some JPG images) from the Archives of the Gennadius Library of The American School of Classical Studies at Athens which houses the bulk of his personal papers (diaries, letters, etc.).
The link to the archive's holdings is Heinrich Schliemann Papers
The Griffith Institute, University of Oxford has put together material on Howard Carter.
Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation
Tutankhamun: Anatomy of an Excavation is the definitive archaeological record for Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. The site includes Burton's photographic images, Carter's diaries and object cards and other materials. The materials are presented as JPGs and include transcriptions.