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New PDF release: Cleopatra's Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt (Bloomsbury

By Bob Brier

within the half-century among 1831 and 1881 3 monstrous obelisks left Egypt for brand spanking new lands. ahead of those trips, the final huge obelisk moved used to be the Vatican obelisk in 1586 – one of many nice engineering achievements of the Renaissance. Roman emperors moved greater than a dozen, yet left no documents of the way they did it. The nineteenth-century engineers entrusted with transporting the obelisks throughout oceans needed to invent new tools, they usually have been faraway from convinced that they might paintings. because the 3 obelisks, certain for Paris, London and ny, sailed in the direction of their new houses, the realm held its breath. Newspapers mentioned the obelisks' day-by-day growth, whole with dramatic illustrations of the heroic deeds of the engineers and crews suffering less than approximately very unlikely stipulations. while the obelisks ultimately arrived properly of their new houses, bands performed Cleopatra's Needle Waltz and silver obelisk pencils dangled from stylish girls' necks.

This turbulent period, stuck up in obelisk mania, is recreated through Bob Brier in all its glory. Amid spectacular stories of engineering dexterity and naval patience, the contributors inquisitive about transporting the obelisks and receiving them of their destiny houses are delivered to existence via their letters and diaries, newspaper articles and illustrations. Written by means of a well known Egyptologist and writer, this compelling booklet will fascinate all these drawn to Egypt, its iconic monuments and the historical past of significant endeavour.

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