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CRESWELL, K.A.C. - The Muslim Architecture of Egypt. II: Ayyubids and Early Bahrite Mamluks A.D. 1171 - 1326.

Oxford Univ Press, 1959. Hefty folio (46x36cm) publisher's cloth and torn but complete dustwrapper; photo plates, floor plans and elevations (some folding). A rather good copy. Edition of 550 copies. ¶ Creswell managed to finish four volumes of his lifetime work, recording the Islamic architecture of Egypt. The earliest period was covered in his two volume Early Muslim Architecture (1932-40, with a revised edition of volume I in 1969 - a new work in itself really); the next couple of hundred years in Muslim Architecture of Egypt I (1952) and this. In volume 8 of the annual Muqarnas (1991), which is devoted to Creswell, there is a photo of an elderly Creswell carrying two volumes of his work - this and the 1952 volume - plus a copy of his bibliography. This is as much a rooster-like display of strength and vigour as a boast of scholarly achievement. After all, no-one less than Olympian could carry all his books. In the same annual is a review by Julian Raby of the reviewers of Creswell. At times I thought I was reading a Beerbohm parody with added footnotes by Flann O'Brien.
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