Who: Sir Alan Gardiner
What: Egypt Of The
Where: Balfour Books,
College Street, Toronto
When: Good Friday
Why: The Insider and I
were stalking the elusive Good Friday Procession in Little Italy.
I say "stalking" because the event is not very well
advertised, despite its size. We could find no procession route
in the paper or on the Internet, which was about all the research
one can reasonably be expected to perform in these enlightened
times. Being completely ignorant then, we arrived hours early,
and so had a rather good meal and dropped into a used book store
in which I bought lots of books. Not as many as I had wanted, but
all that I could carry. Am I the Walrus, or the Carpenter? Koo
It seems like you can pick up almost any
non-picture book on Ancient Egypt, flip to the bibliography, and
find a reference to Gardiner's Egypt Of The Pharaohs. In
print since 1961, I figured it would be an easy score, used. It
is. And the only reason I've waited this long was to find a copy
in decent shape with good paper and respectably large print.
My copy is a 1978 reprint, previously
owned by Aeron Rowland of Toronto. An inscription says the book
comes from "Oxford", but it's not clear which one as
the volume was printed in the USA.
Has clear, crisp photographs of the
Narmer Palette (pp. 403-404), front on one side of the page, back
on the other.