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Edward William Lane 1801–1876The Life of the Pioneering Egyptologist and Orientalist$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162879

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.001.0001

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Manners and Costumes

Manners and Costumes

(p.267) 15 Manners and Costumes
Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

Private problems did not prevent Lane from working. He was indeed busy, for this was when he submitted the second draft of Description of Egypt to the publishing firm of John Murray. It was founded in 1768 by the first John Murray. It had steadily risen in status under John Murray II, the publisher of Byron, Austen, and many other renowned literary figures. Murray invited Lane during the last week of March 1831, for an interview in his famous drawing room at Albemarle Street, where he had received so many great writers. The Murray archives contain no record of the firm's negotiations with Lane, so the single source is a letter of several years later from Lane to John Murray III in which Lane would have presented his case in the best possible light, but there is no reason to doubt his general accuracy.

Keywords:   John Murray, Description of Egypt, Albemarle Street, publisher, John Murray III

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