“In November 1922, a momentous discovery of the intact tomb, known archaeologically as KV62, of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh, Tutankhamun - unlike any other before or since - was to change our understanding of the ancient world… it was the legendary discovery in the Valley of the Kings and Howard Carter's painstaking clearance of the intact royal burial that was to secure his place in history. He became an international celebrity.”
HOWARD CARTER’S EXCEPTIONALLY RARE PERSONAL LEATHERBOUND ADDRESS BOOK SIGNED ON THE OPENING PAGE WITH HIS OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE, “Howard Carter, 2.Princes Gale Court, Ses.7, Ken. 6077” (After an unpleasant incident with his brother Samuel Carter, he moved out of a rented flat in his brothers house to this new address beside Albert Hall, a distinctly fashionable address), 6.75 x 5.5, bearing his handwriting on more than 40 pages as he records the names and addresses of over 200 associates, clients, family members, Egyptian archaeology officials, art and antiquities dealers (Cairo, Paris, London, New York), Egyptian University professors, ambassadors, wealthy collectors, the who’s who of British nobility, luxury hotel managers around the world who took special care with each Howard Carter visit, and many entries yet to be researched. This address book is simply one of the most amazing items I have had the privilege to handle. It is packed full with historic figures that, in various ways, interacted in the amazing 1922 discovery, excavation, sponsorship, and reporting on the Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Not only does this personal address book paint the picture of an extraordinary discovery – generally acknowledged to be the greatest in all archaeology – but it paints the portrait of an extraordinary man.
Among the notable names in Howard Carter’s private address book are a wide representation of the various parts of the life of one who had in his time achieved remarkable popular esteem: the Egyptian Exploration Society, who’s original intent was to study and analyze the results of the excavations and publish the information for the scholarly world, soon realized in 1891 the need to establish a new branch to be called the Archaeological Survey which was charged with the function of protecting the “surviving antiquities before the depredations of time, weather, visitors, vandals, and robbers brought their ultimate fate in destruction. They commissioned the 17 year old Howard Carter as an artist (copy artist) for an archaeologist. Carter was well trained by his father in the basic skills of draftsmanship and could also draw and paint with more than ordinary skill; Percy Newberry (1869-1949) the then 21 year old budding Egyptologist, accomplished botanist and garden historian, who hired Howard Carter on the recommendation of a wealthy acquaintance. They worked on the excavation of Beni Hasan and El-Bersheh, which Newberry led. Many years later Newberry would work with Carter as part of his Tutankhamun excavation team for several seasons; the Earl of Carnarvon (1866-1923) the English peer and aristocrat best known as the financial backer of the search for and the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings; the Egyptian Consul; the Abemayor Brothers who offered or sold a number of Egyptian antiquities between 1930-1939; Cyril Aldred (1914-91) English Egyptologist, art historian, and author who’s lifelong interest was in the great discovery. He became an assistant curator at the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburg and would author a series of books that would establish his career as an Egyptologist and art historian; Stanley Smyth Flower (1871-1946) English army officer, science advisor, administrator, zoologist and conservationist. In 1898 he was appointed as the Director of the Zoological Gardens at Giza, Egypt; Alan Gardiner (1879-1963) English Egyptologist, linguist, philologist, and independent scholar. He is regarded as one of the premier Egyptologist of the early and mid-20th century. Howard Carter singles out him for his aid with translating the inscriptions in King Tut’s tomb; Otto Gutekunst (1865-1939) German/English art dealer in London who’s gallery represented artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler during the early 1900’s; Selim Bey Hassan (1866-1961) Egyptian Egyptologist who wrote the 16-volume Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt and supervised the excavation of many ancient Egyptian tombs under the auspices of Cairo University; Major-General Robert Hutchison, 1st Baron Hutchison of Montrose (1873-1950) Scottish soldier and Liberal politician who handled the Egyptian compensation settlement with Lady Carnarvon after the death of the Earl of Carnarvon; Alan Wace (1879-1957) English archaeologist and professor at the Farouk 1 University in Egypt; Khawam Brothers, dealer in Egyptian antiquities who Howard Carter used to purchase pieces for the Detroit Institute of Arts; Cedric Sydney Lane-Roberts (1888-1960) London surgeon to the Royal Northern Hospital and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital who was also a professional Rugby football player and scholar in mediaeval architecture and sculpture, horticulture and Hellenic travel; Eustache de Lorey the French diplomat, archaeologist and historian of Islamic art, and collector who was the director of the French Institute of Archaeology and Muslim Art at Damascus between 1922-1930. His greatest achievement was the 1926 discovery of the Ummayad mosaics of the Great Mosque of Damascus; Sir Robert Ludwig Mond (1867-1938) British chemist and archaeologist. He worked with some of the major archaeologists of the time, including Howard Carter and Percy Newberry. He bequeathed his considerable collection of artifacts to the British Museum; Maurice Nahman (1868-1948) a leading antiquities dealer with his extensive gallery in Cairo. Objects sold through Nahman are represented in many collections, including the Corning Museum of Glass in New York; Dr. Douglas B. Derry anatomist who performed the autopsy of the mummy of Tutankhamun; Leonard Alfred Boodle the botanist who, along with Percy Newberry, examined a number of specimens from the tomb of Tutankhamun with a view to their identification botanically. The specimens included samples of seeds, fruits, leaves, and pieces of wood. They issued a final report which was used in Howard Carters publication of Tutankhamun’s tomb; William W. Bosworth famous American architect who designs include MIT’s Cambridge campus, the AT&T Building in New York, and the famous Rockefeller family estate in Pocantico Hills, New York. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., engaged him in many European projects. He met Carter in 1925 while in Luxor on behalf of Rockefeller’s funded new Cairo Museum. In 1934 he became a partner with Howard Carter in the antiquities business and they used dealer Eustache de Lorey as an intermediary; Brummer Gallery (Joseph, Imer & Ernest Brummer) Hungarian-born art dealers and collectors with galleries in Paris and New York. They were among the most significant art dealers of the first half of the 20th century, dealing in a broad range of art that spanned from classical antiquity to modern art; Lady Winifred Burghclere wife of Herbert Gardner, 1st Baron Burghclere and sister of the Earl of Carnarvon who was asked by Howard Carter to write an introduction about the dead Earl for his book on the great discovery; Harry Burton (1879-1940) English archaeological photographer and Egyptologist, best known for his photographs of excavations in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. His most famous photographs are the 1,400 he took documenting Howard Carter’s excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb from 1922-1932; Edward Robinson (1858-1931) was the third director of the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts for over 21 years and lectured on archaeology at Harvard; Dr. Alexander Scott (1853-1947) served as Director of Scientific Research at the British Museum and was a distinguished archaeological chemist who devised a technique for safely removing the fragile pall (cloth spread over the coffin of Tutankhamun’s coffin) and then preserved it and made a special lining for it; George Steindorff (1861-1951) German Egyptologist who’s important excavations in Giza, Qau, and Aniba between 1903-31, led to the discovery of many objects that are now in The Egyptian Museum; Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 17th Duke of Alba (1878-1953) was a Spanish peer, diplomat, politician, art collector, and Olympic medalist; Wilhelm Valentiner (1880-1958) German-American art historian, art critic and Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of Howard Carter’s clients; Percy White (1852-1938) “one of the few people Howard Carter could count on as a real friend.” He was Professor of English Literature at the Egyptian University in Cairo and advised Carter on literary matters, including playing an important part in the preparation of Carter’s second volume about the discovery (1927); Robert Witt (1872-1952) was a British art historian, who co-founded the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. The Witt Library was the world’s largest archive of reproductions of paintings and drawings which they bequeathed to The Courtauld Institute upon the couple’s death in 1952…AND THAT’S JUST 30 OF THE OVER 200 HANDWRITTEN ENTRIES OF FASCINATING PEOPLE WHO HOWARD CARTER FELT IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO INCLUDED IN THIS PRIVATE ADDRESS BOOK! THE NEW OWNER WILL BE TAKEN ON A TOUR OF THE LIFE AND HISTORY OF THE MAN WHO EXPLORED DARK PLACES NOT SEEN BY THE HUMAN EYE FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. This historic find comes with 162 pages of biographical research on many of the people listed in the address book. As the new owner of this historic find you can experience Howard Carter’s life with each of his handwritten entries…unearth the many layers of surprising histories and meanings that lie behind each seemingly mundane record – hiding just below the surface of each jotting. Howard Carter became famous because of a 4,000 year old man; now you can trace each step of a remarkable archaeologist’s career in this amazing address book principally relating to his great discovery but also covering every aspect of his career as artist, Egyptologist, collector and dealer. The book is in very good to fine condition, with wear to the covers, and damp staining to the back cover and final half dozen pages of the book; interior pages are otherwise clean and fine.
Howard Carter (1874-1939) came from humble – if artistic – stock and from 1893 to 1899 was responsible for the drawing of the painted reliefs in the temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir al-Bahri, Thebes. This experience led to his appointment in 1899 as first chief inspector of antiquities in Upper Egypt: Carter's appointment at the age of twenty-six, with limited archaeological experience and no formal qualifications, surprised the archaeological community in Egypt. He was transferred to the lower Egyptian inspectorate in Cairo in 1904, but the following year resigned from the antiquities service and for three years he scraped a living by painting watercolors, and by conducting rich foreign tourists around the ancient sites of Egypt. He began his celebrated association with the Earl of Carnarvon in 1909, winning the concession to dig in the Valley of the Kings in 1914. But he discovered nothing very much until, having persuaded Carnarvon to finance one last season, he made his momentous discovery in November 1922. Carnarvon's support apart, during this earlier part of his career he financed himself – in eighteenth-century fashion – by supplying rich clients with antiquities. He remained an archaeologist with no formal qualifications, and was to receive virtually no formal acknowledgment from the British government for what he achieved; amends being made only retrospectively by his present-day colleagues at the British Museum in caring for his grave, and by the widespread fascination in the strange and beautiful objects, that he discovered and that the present personal address book celebrates. After the clearance of the tomb had been completed, Carter retired from archaeology and became a part-time agent for collectors and museums. In 1924 he toured Britain, as well as France, Spain, Canada, and the United States, delivering a series of illustrated lectures. In 1926 he received the Order of the Nile, third class, from King Fuad 1 of Egypt. The epitaph on the gravestone reads: “May your spirit live, may you spend millions of years, you who love Thebes, sitting with your face to the north wind, your eyes beholding happiness”, a quotation taken from the Wishing Cup of Tutankhamun.
Provenance: Inside front cover contains a John E. Carter, Howard Carter’s great-nephew, address label. He had in his possession a considerable collection of Howard Carter papers that were formerly in the possession of Phyllis Walker, Carter’s niece and heir of the bulk of his estate.