ABU SIMBEL by William McQuitty


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Through a gigantic international rescue operation, the rock-cut temples of Abu Simbel, among Egypt's greatest monuments, are being saved from inundation by the water backed up by the new high dam at Aswan. Mr. MacQuitty, a photographer, conveys their grandeur in many of the brilliant plates in the book. By means of other photographs and the text, Mr. MacQuitty attempts to place the temples in the context of Egyptian history, both ancient and recent, and to tell about Ramses II who built them. His textual material is uneven and its relation to many of the plates might not seem clear to a reader with little knowledge of Egypt. The book includes diagrams of four intriguing schemes for saving the temples.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1965
Publisher: Putnam