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Museum Bookshop List of Titles by Subject

The following list highlights select titles in the Museum Bookshop, which stocks over 4,000 titles on a variety of subjects. The Museum Bookshop is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm, offering a unique selection of books, jewelry, statuary, cards, world music, DVDs, and other gift items. Contact the Bookshop at 404-727-0509 or by email at, or print out an order form.

Egypt and Nubia
Recommended Titles for Adults

NOVA: The Mummy Who Would Be King (WGBH: 2006)
The full story of a forgotten mummy, rescued from a dusty museum shelf at Niagara Falls to find a second life at the Carlos Museum. Compelling evidence suggests it may indeed be the remains of Ramesses I, founder of ancient Egypt’s most illustrious dynasty. This DVD includes materials and activities for educators, a link to the NOVA Web site, closed captions, and described video for the visually impaired. $19.95.

The Pyramids, the Sphinx Peter Lacovara (Bunker Hill: 2004)
This new book from the Carlos Museum Curator of Ancient Art is an illustrated survey of the Giza plateau and its monuments. The latest information on excavations and interpretation are accompanied by geological, historical, and social context, with less well-known monuments and private tombs, rarely described in other archaeological guides, also featured.   $19.95 hardcover.

The Art of Ancient Egypt Dr. Gay Robins (Harvard: 1997)
Dr. Robins, curator of Egyptian art for the Carlos Museum, presents a thorough introduction to the art of ancient Egypt. Spanning 3,000 years of history, the author surveys art and architecture with particular sensitivity to the complex ways in which historical, religious, and social changes are related to changes in Egyptian art. With over 300 illustrations in color and black & white. $24.95 softcover.

Women in Ancient Egypt
Dr. Gay Robins (Harvard: 1996)
Dr. Robins, curator of Egyptian art for the Carlos Museum, reevaluates the roles and importance of women in ancient Egyptian society as depicted in the art and written records of the time. The exceptional few women who assumed real power are discussed as well as the more traditional everyday roles of women in Egyptian culture with assessments of their depiction in art as it portrays their position in society. The special role of women in religious rites is also surveyed. 205 pages, with black & white illustrations throughout, plus chronology. $19.95 softcover.

Egyptian Statues Dr. Gay Robins (Shire Publications: 2001)
This title in the Shire Egyptology series examines the materials and techniques employed by sculptors, the various statue types and poses, as well as the function of statuary, the notion of the ideal image reflecting role and status, and changes through time and influences on Greek sculpture. $12 softcover. Also available by Dr. Gay Robins: Egyptian Painting and Relief, Proportion and Style in Ancient Egyptian Art.

Egyptian Mummies Barbara Adams (Shire Publications: 1988)
Another excellent title in the Shire Egyptology series, this book provides a concise history of the development of the process of mummification in Egypt, including an updated chapter summarizing modern research into the subject from Greek times up to the present. 64 pages, with black & white illustrations. $12 softcover. Other Shire titles include Egyptian Shabtis, Egyptian Temples, Egyptian Warfare and Weapons, Egyptian Pyramids and Mastaba Tombs.

Mummies & Magic: The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt Sue D'Auria, Peter Lacovara, Catharine Roehrig (MFA, Boston: 1988)
This title (coauthored by Carlos Museum curator Peter Lacovara) served as catalogue to an exhibition on the funerary beliefs and practices of the Egyptians and presents a wealth of detail for the general reader, with discussions and illustrations of mummies, painted shrouds, canopic jars, funerary statuettes and other items accompanying the dead into the afterlife. $19.95 softcover.

The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt Richard H. Wilkinson (Thames & Hudson: 2003)
This well-illustrated and authoritative guide examines the evolution, worship, and eventual decline of the numerous gods and goddesses that made Egypt the most theocratic society of the ancient world. $39.95 hardcover.


How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Teach Yourself Mark Collier and Bill Manley (University of CA: 1998)
The authors have years of experience teaching non-specialists how to translate the kind of hieroglyphs found in funerary writings and tomb scenes. Leading the reader through different aspects of script and grammar, they offer intriguing insights into ancient Egyptian art and culture. $24.95 hardcover.


Hieroglyphs for Travelers Thomas Mudloff & Ronald Fellows (Fellows: 1999)
This spiral-bound portable guide provides a simple course in translating Egyptian hieroglyphs with special emphasis for tourists visiting archaeology sites, allowing for quick and easy decipherment of the names of pharaohs, queens, gods, magical formulas, and ancient curses. $14.95 spiralbound.


Reading Egyptian Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and Sculpture Richard H. Wilkinson (Thames & Hudson: 1992)
This multi-purpose reference provides the key to the hidden meanings in Egyptian art, serving as an encyclopedia of the major signs and symbols, a visual compendium of artistic motifs, and a thematically organized sourcebook of Egyptian religious beliefs and ideas. $19.95 softcover.


The Nubian Pharaohs: Black Kings on the Nile Charles Bonnet and Dominique Valbelle (Am Univ of Cairo: 2007)
For over half a century, the Nubian pharaohs governed a combined kingdom of Egypt and Nubia, with an empire stretching from the Delta to the upper reaches of the Nile. This beautifully illustrated book illuminates the epic history of this little-known historical era. Combining the latest archaeological research with stunning photography, the authors narrate recent discoveries in the Sudan that will change our understanding of Egypt and Africa in the ancient world. $49.95 hardcover.

The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt Richard H. Wilkinson (Thames & Hudson: 1997)
he most current survey of these "Mansions of the Gods" includes their historical development, construction, symbolism, and function, and features an extensive catalogue and guide to all known Egyptian temples. $39.95 hardcover. The author's other books include Reading Egyptian Art and The Complete Valley of the Kings.

Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt Peter A. Clayton (Thames & Hudson: 1994)
Using timelines and other visual aids, this volume discusses all the rulers and dynasties of Egypt in their chronological order and serves as a popular history as well as an essential work of reference and a visual introduction to the extraordinary diversity and richness of Egypt. 224 pages with 350 illustrations, 130 in color, bibliography, and index. $24.95 softcover.

The Complete Pyramids: Solving the Ancient Mysteries Mark Lehner (Thames & Hudson: 1997)
This, the first fully illustrated compendium of every major pyramid of Ancient Egypt, examines these fascinating monuments in unprecedented detail, bringing together the practical aspects - the quarries, the ramps and tolls used in constructing them - as well as the conceptual - the cosmology and iconography of the pyramids and the intriguing Pyramid texts. 256 pages with 556 illustrations, 83 in color. $39.95 hardcover.

The Complete Valley of the Kings Nicholas Reeves and Richard H. Wilkinson (Thames & Hudson: 1996)
The definitive account of the world's most famous royal cemetery, with detailed coverage of over 80 tombs with lists of contents and cutaway views, the latest findings of current digs, including the new excavation of the tomb for the sons of Ramesses the Great, and a visitor's guide to the valley. 224 pages, with hundreds of black & white and color illustrations throughout. $39.95 hardcover.

Egypt: The World of the Pharaohs Regine Schulz & Matthias Seidel, eds. (Konemann: 2004)
Illustrated with more than 800 photographs, drawings, maps, and diagrams, this wide-ranging book presents the rich legacy of ancient Egypt in its many aspects, spanning prehistoric times and the Greco-Roman period, detailing the astonishing architectural, artistic, and technological achievements of Egyptian culture, as well as its advanced system of writing, the quality of its literature, and the all-embracing philosophy of ancient Egypt. $39.95 hardcover.

Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day Translation by Dr. Raymond Faulkner (Chronicle Books: 2000)
Written some 3,500 years ago, the Papyrus of Ani is the most complete, ornate, and best-preserved example of ancient Egyptian philosophical and religious thought. Presented here for the first time in its original form, with the hieroglyphic images matched to what has been acknowledged as the finest English translation of the text, the Egyptian Book of the Dead opens the door to one of humanity's earliest and finest spiritual treasures. 176 pages, with full color illustrations throughout plus glossary. $29.95 softcover.

The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt Edited by Ian Shaw (Oxford: 2000)
This broad survey gathers the work of fourteen of the world's leading Egyptologists and archaeologists to provide a detailed view of Egypt from the early Stone Age to its incorporation into the Roman Empire. This is a very readable and thorough chronological history with over 150 illustrations, and constitutes an excellent up-to-date single-volume general history of ancient Egypt. $18.95 softcover.

History of Ancient Egypt: An Introduction Erik Hornung (Cornell: 1999)e that
A concise and authoritative introduction by a renowned Egyptologist, revealing the turbulent events and significant developments through three thousand years of Egyptian history. Originally published in German, this important and highly useful survey has been revised for this English edition. With over 50 illustrations, updated bibliography, glossary, and chronological table. $19.95 softcover.

Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa David O'Connor (Univ Museum/Univ of PA: 1993)
This book, originally accompanying an exhibition of Nubian art, synthesizes current knowledge and theories on ancient Nubia with reconstructive drawings of buildings and cemeteries, maps, and a checklist (including 35 full color plates) of all objects in the exhibition. $30 softcover.

The Kingdom of Kush: The Napatan and Meroitic Empires Derek A. Welsby (Markus Wiener: 1998)
During the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., the rulers of Kush controlled Egypt as pharaohs of the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty. This title illuminates much that is known about this people and their history, and also contributes to an ongoing debate concerning Black Africa's role in the cultural development of ancient Egypt. $20.95 softcover.

Recommended Titles for Ages 10 and up

Go After the Sun: A Teacher's Guide to the Egyptian Galleries (MCCM: 2003)
Produced by the Education Department of the Carlos Museum, this guide has been prepared for use in the classroom as background on the history and art of ancient Egypt and Nubia, and includes a CD of images from the Carlos Museum's collection of Egyptian and Nubian art. $20 spiralbound.


Egyptology Emily Sands et al (Candlewick: 2004)
Written as an amateur Egyptologist's travel journal from 1926, each spread covers a distinct area of antiquity with photos, reproductions, and sketches that make the journal seem more realistic. Includes papyrus pull-outs, pop-up art, minibooks, and fold-out maps and an envelope in the back with period postcards. $19.99 hardcover.


Write Like an Ancient Egyptian (Scholastic: 2003)
Learn to write in hieroglyphs with easy-to-follow instructions and a removable stenciled alphabet. Produced with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this set includes puzzles, stickers, stencil, and papyrus-like stationary. $12.99 spiralbound.


Pyramids! 50 Hands-On Activities to Experience Ancient Egypt Avery Hart and Paul Mantell (Williamson: 1997)
This activity-filled book allow kids to actively experience the wonders of Ancient Egypt through games, ancient recipes for flatbread, ancient grid-system drawing techniques, building a living model of the Nile, creating pyramids from clay and cardboard, and much more. $10.95 paper.


The Egypt Game Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Dell: 1967)
Two young protagonists stumble upon a deserted storage yard behind the A-Z Antiques and Curio Shop, deciding it is the perfect spot for the Egypt Game. Strange things soon develop. Three-time Newberry Honor Winner. $5.99 softcover.


Mummies of the Pharaohs: Exploring the Valley of the Kings (National Geographic: 2001)
Examines the burial ground of pharaohs, including the tombs of Tutankhamun, Ramses II, and Seti I, with information on tomb building, mummies, artifacts, and archaeology. Well illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings. $17.95 hardcover.

Eyewitness: Mummy James Putman (Knopf: 1993)
Discover the eternal secrets of mummies - from the embalmed dead of ancient Egypt to bodies preserved in bogs, sand, and ice. An excellent basic sourcebook crammed with detailed photography and illustrations. 64 pages, with full color photographs throughout. $15.99 hardcover. Other Eyewitness titles: Pyramid, Ancient Egypt.

Hieroglyphs Joyce Milton (Grosset & Dunlap: 2000)
This handy book not only discusses the Egyptian writing system and the role of hieroglyphs in Egypt,but includes a handy stencil set of the hieroglyph alphabet with a chart defining the single sounds each represents so that kids can create their own hieroglyphic messages. $6.99 softcover.


Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt Gill Harvey (Usborne: 2001)
This lavishly illustrated encyclopedia describes the history of Egypt from its origins along the banks of the Nile to its transformation into one of the world's greatest civilizations. Includes time chart, who's who, details of recent archaeological finds, and lists of educational websites. $19.95 hardcover.


Ancient Egypt and Their Neighbors Marian Broida (Chicago Review: 1999)
Fun hands-on projects help young explorers connect with the ancient cultures of the Nubians, Mesopotamians, Hittites, and Egyptians: construct a model Egyptian boat and learn about trade along the Nile, build an irrigation machine and learn how Nubians grew crops in the desert, craft Egyptian kilts and bracelets (all projects require only household or easily found materials). $16.95 softcover.

People of the Ancient World: The Ancient Egyptians Lila Perl (Franklin Watts: 2004)
This book explores ancient Egypt rhough its social structure, looking at its people, the duties of pharaohs, the activities of mummy makers, and much more. Includes a biographical dictionary, glossary, and time line showing key events in Egyptian history. $9.95 softcover.


Lift the Lid on the Mummy (Running Press: 1998)
A hands-on guide to creating mummies. This set comes with everything required to create your own mummy, including plastic body with select internal organs, canopic jar lids, gauze, and a 24 page book filled with information about ancient Egyptian and mummification. $22.95 kit.


Recommended Titles for Ages 5-9

Mummies Made in Egypt Aliki (HarperCollins: 1979)
Step by step, follow the process of mummification from the embalmer's slab, where the corpse was made ready, down into the tomb, where the mummy was sealed and sent to its new life in eternity. Written and brightly illustrated by the author of The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus. Ages 8-12. $6.95 softcover.


Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs James Rumford (Houghton Mifflin: 2000)
Written and illustrated by a linguist, this is the illustrated story of Jean-Francois Champollion's quest for knowledge and his important work translation of the Rosetta Stone. 32 pages illustrated with a key to reading hieroglyphs, for ages 6 and up.
$15 hardcover.

Magic Tree House Research Guide: Mummies and Pyramids Will Oxborne and Mary Pope Osborne (Random House: 2001)
Researchers for the Metropolitan Museum of Art welcome children to join them as they research mummies and pyramids in ancient Egypt. Includes fun facts, photos, illustrations, definitions, and more. $4.99 softcover.


Egyptian Gods and Goddesses Henry Barker (Grosset & Dunlap: 1999)
This beginning reader in the All Aboard Reading series discusses the many gods and goddesses in Egypt along with beliefs about the afterlife and the preparation of mummies for their voyage to the Underworld. $3.99 softcover.


Treasure Chest: Ancient Egypt (Running Press: 1994)
This kit includes: scarab board game, informative book illustrated in full color and written by an expert from the British Museum, a key to your kit, hieroglyph rubber stamps to create your own messages, a rubber stamp holder, sheet of papyrus, authentic beads and stone replica of shabti figure to create an ancient Egyptian necklace, and a secret compartment containing a hieroglyph decoder, map and stickers, grid picture, Senet board game, and charts of gods and pharaohs. $22.95 kit.

Life in Ancient Egypt Coloring Book John Green (Dover Publications, Inc.: 1989)
Included are expertly drawn full-page illustrations of Cleopatra, Ramses II, the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti, as well as scenes depicting many aspects of Egyptian life - construction of the six-story step pyramid at Sakkara, fishing and farming along the Nile, the Sphinx and pyramids at Giza, manufacture and use papyrus, children's toys and games, a market scene in Thebes, an embalming workshop, and more. $3.95 softcover.


I am the Mummy Heb-Nefert Eve Bunting, Illustrated by David Christiana (Harcourt Brace: 1997)
Clad with flowing linen robes, adorned with jewels, pampered by servants, Heb-Nefert, with her royal husband, led a life of leisure and joy on the banks of the Nile long ago. Now she lies, a mummy, in a glass case for museum visitors to marvel at, and she reflects, telling us the story of her life in ancient Egypt. 30 pages, with full color illustrations. $6 softcover.

Art in History: Ancient Egyptian Art Susie Hodge (Heinemann: 1998)
This title covers the basics of Egyptian art, sculpture, writing, and mummification for young readers, with full color photos of ancient art, a historical timeline, glossary, and more. $6.95 softcover.


Look What Came from Egypt Miles Harvey (Franklin Watts: 1998)
This series focuses on inventions, food, animals, fashions,musical instruments, and toys that originated in Egypt and can still be found today. For example, ancient Egyptians created one of the first police forces in history (they trained baboons instead of dogs to assist them!) and Egyptian tombs have flutes, wigs, and toy balls that resemble contemporary styles. 32 pages with color illustrations throughout. $6.95 softcover


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