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Austen Henry Layard Collection (10 vols.)
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Overview

After acquiring a taste for travel and art in his youth, Austen Henry Layard quickly found his calling as a traveler and archaeologist. His wanderlust drew him from London toward Asia, and he spent a great deal of time exploring Jerusalem, Persia, and Mesopotamia. His curiosity was piqued by the ruins of Nimrud on the Tigris and the great mound of Kuyunjik near Mosul, and he began his own excavations shortly after seeing those monuments. His groundbreaking work uncovered sites in Nineveh, Babylon, and Assyria, greatly increasing our knowledge of Mesopotamian civilizations through the recovery of cuneiform tablets that detailed Assyrian and Babylonian culture and history. Layard’s extraordinary contributions to biblical archaeology changed the face of biblical research and scholarship.

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Key Features

  • Accounts of Layard’s travels through Mesopotamia
  • Collections of cuneiform character inscriptions from Assyria
  • Layard’s autobiography

Individual Titles

A Popular Account of Discoveries at Nineveh

  • Author: Austen Henry Layard
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1851
  • Pages: 445

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A Popular Account of Discoveries at Nineveh offers an abridged version of Layard’s research and findings originally presented in Nineveh and Its Remains. It details his journey through Assyrian lands, his encounters with desert tribes, and his archaeological work and findings. This volume includes woodcut illustrations and an index.

The Monuments of Nineveh

  • Author: Austen Henry Layard
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1849
  • Pages: 130

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Hand-drawn sketches by Layard grace the pages of The Monuments of Nineveh, providing an intricate look at sculptures, bas reliefs, and other findings from the Nineveh archaeological site. Artwork from multiple periods is reproduced in this volume, offering a rare glimpse into early Mesopotamian culture. Each of Layard’s plates, drawn on the spot at the dig site, is accompanied by a description that details its physical characteristics as well as speculations and insights on the work’s meaning and significance.

A Second Series of the Monuments of Nineveh

  • Author: Austen Henry Layard
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1853
  • Pages: 59

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A continuation of The Monuments of Nineveh. Layard provides hand-drawn sketches of bas-relief art, sculptures, and Assyrian architecture. This work offers descriptions and valuable historical information about each piece.

Nineveh and Babylon: A Narrative of a Second Expedition to Assyria

  • Author: Austen Henry Layard
  • Publication Date: 1882
  • Pages: 514

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This volume chronicles Layard’s expeditions in Assyria from 1849 to 1851. An abridged version of his popular work, Nineveh and Babylon, it recounts the discoveries made and obstacles faced during his excavations. This edition contains numerous woodcut illustrations and gives readers a valuable visual explanation of Layard’s discoveries.

Inscriptions in the Cuneiform Character from Assyrian Monuments

  • Author: Austen Henry Layard
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1851
  • Pages: 104

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A collection of cuneiform tablet inscriptions, as transcribed by Layard during his travels through Assyria. This volume, a valuable resource for anyone interested in cuneiform writing, includes a table of variants.

The Nineveh Court in the Crystal Palace

  • Author: Austen Henry Layard
  • Publisher: Crystal Palace Library
  • Publication Date: 1854
  • Pages: 99

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In 705 BC, Sennacherib established Nineveh as the capital of Assyria and built the largest palace of his time. Layard, who carefully examined the Nineveh findings and called in architecture experts from across Europe, reinterprets the Nineveh Court in the Crystal Palace from the discoveries made in his archaeological digs. His work carefully pieces together those findings to, with careful attention to detail, rebuild this piece of architectural history.

Early Adventures in Persia, Susiana, and Babylonia, vol. 1

  • Author: Austen Henry Layard
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1887
  • Pages: 541

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Austen Henry Layard offers an autobiographical account of his early travels through the Near East, expounding on what drew him to excavate the Nineveh and Babylon sites. His work recounts his encounters with various people groups and the discoveries made during his journey. Part one of two.

Early Adventures in Persia, Susiana, and Babylonia, vol. 2

  • Author: Austen Henry Layard
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1903
  • Pages: 386

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Austen Henry Layard offers an autobiographical account of his early travels through the Near East, expounding on what drew him to excavate the Nineveh and Babylon sites. His work recounts his encounters with various people groups and the discoveries made during his journey. Part two of two.

Sir A. Henry Layard: Autobiography and Letters from His Childhood until His Appointment as H. M. Ambassador at Madrid, vol. 1

  • Author: Austen Henry Layard
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1848
  • Pages: 530

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An adventurer at heart, Austen Henry Layard lived life to the fullest. In this two-part autobiography, he regales readers with the summation of his childhood and adolescence leading up to his early expeditions (which can be found in his two-volume Early Adventures in Persia, Susiana, and Babylonia) and his later life in Constantinople. In this two-part edition, Layard goes into great detail, painting an vivid picture of his adventurous life.

Sir A. Henry Layard: Autobiography and Letters from His Childhood until His Appointment as H. M. Ambassador at Madrid, vol. 2

  • Author: Austen Henry Layard
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1903
  • Pages: 350

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An adventurer at heart, Austen Henry Layard lived life to the fullest. In this two-part autobiography, he regales readers with the summation of his childhood and adolescence leading up to his early expeditions (which can be found in his two-volume Early Adventures in Persia, Susiana, and Babylonia) and his later life in Constantinople. In this two-part edition, Layard goes into great detail, painting a vivid picture of his adventurous life. Part two of two.

Product Details

  • Title: Austen Henry Layard Collection
  • Volumes: 10
  • Pages: 3,150

About Austen Henry Layard

Austen Henry Layard (1817–1894) was born in Paris, but he traveled often in his youth. He was educated in Italy, England, Switzerland, and France. After spending six years working for his uncle’s law firm, he left to travel and explore the Middle East. After his first successful excavations at Kuyunjik and Nimrud, Layard continued his archeological explorations at the ruins of Babylon and the mounds of southern Mesopotamia. (Many of the specimens that he found make up a large part of the British Museum’s collection of Assyrian antiquities.) Layard then returned to England, where he took up a life of politics, serving as under-secretary for foreign affairs and ambassador at Constantinople. Layard retired in Italy, where he continued to write about Italian art and penned the popular account of his earliest travels, Early Adventures in Persia, Susiana, and Babylonia.