A Secret Voyage

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Title: A Secret Voyage

Decription: Love, Magic and Mysteries in the Realm of the Pharaohs: a unique journey around the ancient Egyptian world, with fascinating personal stories from the most famous Egyptologist in the world. Illuminated by photographs specially selected by Sandro Vannini after his five years’ filming in the Theban Necropolis – the unseen and almost invisible details, fragments of paintings in tombs that are long-closed to public view.
This is how Sandro Vannini describes his work:
“For over fifteen years I have photographed the ancient Egyptians.  I have spent extraordinary hours with their shadows, some in the untenable noise of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, many more in the dust laden silence of the tombs, the last scene in the ritual representation of death and the journey to the afterlife. Long hours of observation, sometimes in total solitude, have carried me to another world made up of tiny things and countless details. Amongst the privileges that a photographer has, and in my opinion by far the greatest, is the possibility of closely observing the object of his work, even if only for the pleasure of acquiring knowledge, independent of purely professional observation.”

Inside this black silk-covered book, Zahi Hawass shares anecdotes and personal stories about his many years of experience and connection with the field, along with a highly entertaining narrative, and even translated pharaonic poems about love, beauty, celebration, work, foes, life along the Nile, and the afterlife. This is an extract from his narration:

I recalled hearing the story of how the mummies were brought by boat to the end of their journey. When they reached Cairo, they went to the customs area on the Nile in Bulaq. This was where anything coming by boat to Cairo from Upper or Lower Egypt would go. The customs officer insisted that mummies should not enter Cairo, because there was nothing in the customs register about how to tax mummies. After a few hours of fighting, the customs officer found a tax for salted fish, which he considered close enough. Therefore, the forty mummies who were once Egypt’s royalty were permitted to enter Cairo as salted fish.


LIMITED EDITION – 750 copies, numbered and signed by the authors
COVER – black silk cover and clam shell
FORMAT – XXL format 50 x 35 cm, includes 4 folders 50 x 140
INSIDE – 400 pages, printed on special paper Tatami by Fedrigoni
PACKAGING – Hand-bound by Italian craftsmen
EDITIONS – English
PRICE – € 3,500 (worldwide delivery included)    BUY

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