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Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1905-1906

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Progress of Egyptology.

The fourth volume of Ohabas' CEuvres Diverges, containing articles of
the year 1868 to 1874, has been issued in the Bibliotheque Egyptologique
Franr.aise; also the first volume and the first fasciculus of a second volume
of the CEuvres Divcrses of A. Baillet, with a biographical sketch by
J. Baillet.

The second volume of Eenouf*s Essays is reviewed by Andersson,
Sphinx, ix. 170, the third volume by the same, ib. 202, and by Wiedemann.
0. L. Z. ix. 43.

It seems strange that Champollion should have so lono; been without
a biographer. The gap has at length been filled by the enthusiasm of a
German lady, who has written two volumes under the title Charnpolliov,
sein Ijeben unci sein Werlc. In 1895, while several persons who were
acquainted with the great Frenchman were yet living, Fraulein Hartee-
ben began her visits to Figeac, Grenoble, and other places sacred to his
memory, in the course of which she has collected from letters and
descriptions the material for a singularly complete and vivid portrait of
the man, whose destiny it seems was foretold even before his birth, and
whose genius shone out from his childhood in the days of the Directorate.
Every source seems to have been exhausted, and whithersoever her researches
led her the authoress received the warmest welcome, encouragement, and
aid, whether from the descendants and fellow-citizens of Champollion and
his brother, from the official guardians of his MSS. at the Bibliotheque
Nationale, or from the Egyptologists of her own fatherland. Maspero
placed his wealth of knowledge at her disposal; both he and EJ. Meyer
have written introductions to the work, the one in French, the other in
German; the proofs have been read by Schafer, and Bollacher has
contributed an excellent Index. The English-speaking peoples long since
accepted Champollion's name as that of the true decipherer of
hieroglyphics, in spite of Young's rivalry; but just as in Germany, and
even in the land of his birth, according to the testimony of Prof. Maspero,
so also in England, we have had no conception of the real man. This
careful and vivid record, made under the best auspices, should be translated
without delay.

It is satisfactory to learn that M. Maspero has caused a bust of Dr.
IIincks, of Killyleagh in Ireland, a brilliant but little-known scholar,
distinguished as a pioneer both in Assyriology and in Egyptology, to be
sculptured and placed in the Museum of Cairo amongst those of deceased
Egyptologists of all nations. F. Ll. Griffith.
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