Extremely rare, a signed copy: "Seiner Hochwohlgeboren, Dem General-Direktor der königl. Museen, Herrn geheim. Legationsrath Von Olfers, Hochachtungsvoll, Jos. Passalacqua". Ferdinand Reichardt, Berlin, 1843. First edition. Elephant folio, 2 pages, 9 plates. Contemporary half-leather, title page has a small tear with tape, otherwise a fine copy. Passalacqua carried out private excavations in Egypt and his collection, sold to the King of Prussia, formed the nucleus of the Berlin Museum. His design for a new museum, which was to have been used in the arrangement and wall decoration of the Egyptian department in the construction of the new Museum and is the object of the present book, was later rejected in favour of the one proposed by Richard Lepsius.
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