From the preface:
The first edition of this book, in its revised form, was issued in 1887.
Originally written with all Dr. Manning’s brightness and skill, and dealing with one of the most fascinating countries on the globe, it deserved, as it has attained, a high place in the popular regard. Since Dr. Manning’s death, in 1881, increased facilities for travel, many new discoveries illustrative of the ancient Egyptian life, the recent development of Egyptian scholarship, and the growth in number and greater excellence in quality of engravings, depicting Egyptian people and places, all combined to render that new edition of the book desirable.
In it the two chief events of recent times which have thrown light upon ancient Egypt were carefully noted. The first is that marvellous discovery at Deir-el-Bahari in 1881, by which we are enabled to look upon the mummied faces of mighty Egyptian Kings and Queens who flourished at the period of, and even long before, the Exodus. The other is the establishment of the Egypt Exploration Fund, which has already done useful work in the way of exploring ancient sites.
With many fine engravings illustrative of Egyptian natives, scenery, architecture and antiquities.