Ivor Noël Hume’s Belzoni, an epic biography of the man who procured for the British Museum many of its most celebrated Egyptian artifacts, is among the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2012. The complete list available here.
In this captivating biography, Ivor Noël Hume re-creates an early nineteenth century in which there was no established archaeological profession, only enormous opportunity. Among the many treasures Belzoni would bring back was the seven-ton stone head of Ramesses II, the “Young Memnon.” Today, however, the typical museum visitor knows nothing of Belzoni, and many modern archaeologists dismiss him as an ignorant vandal. In her original Times review, Alida Becker described Belzoni’s life as “nearly impossible to resist.”