Readers Guide: Architecture & Building Methods

  • The Art and Architecture of the Ancient Near East. Henri Frankfort. Penguin Books: New York, 1954.
  • Ancient Egyptian Architectural Design. A Study of the Harmonic System. Alexander Badawy. Berkeley, 1965. Fascinating design insights into Egyptian temple construction.
  • Building in Egypt Pharaonic Stone Masonry. Dieter Arnold. Oxford University Press, 1991. 316 p. Excellent; superb diagrams, by one of the top experts in the subject.
  • "An Old Kingdom Basalt Quarry at Widan el Faras and the Quarry Road to Lake Moeris in the Faiyum, Egypt." J.A. Harrell and T. M. Bown. Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, 32, 1995.
  • Ancient Egyptian Construction and Architecture. Somers Clarke and R. Engelbach. New York: Dover Publications, 1990. 242 p. An unabridged republication of the work originally published in 1930 by Oxford University Press, under the title Ancient Egyptian Masonry. The Builders' Craft.
  • Building Construction before Mechanization. John Fitchen. Cambridge (MA) and London, 1986.
  • Ancient Egyptian Architecture. James Phillips. Monticello, Illinois: Vance Bibliographies, 1982.
  • Brick Architecture in Ancient Egypt. A.J. Spencer. Aris and Phillips, 1979. 159 p
  • The Master Builders: A History of Structural and Environmental Design from Ancient Egypt to the Nineteenth Century. Henry J. Cowan. New York: Wiley, 1977. 299 p.
  • Ancient Architecture: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Crete, Greece. Seton Lloyd, Hans Wolfgang Muller, and Roland Martin. New York, H. N. Abrams 1974 415 p.
  • The Buildings of Ancient Egypt. Helen and Richard Leacroft. New York: W. R. Scott, 1963. [DMNS Lib.]
  • Architecture of the Ancient Civilizations in color: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Bodo Cichy. [Translated from the German by A. K. Bakker] New York, Viking Press 1966 424 p.
  • Architecture in Ancient Egypt and the Near East. Alexander Badawy. Cambridge, M.I.T. Press 1966, 1972. 246 p.
  • The Eternal Present: The Beginnings of Architecture, S. Giedion, 583 p., Pantheon 1964. Part of the Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in Fine Arts for 1957. Discusses Egypt and Mesopotamia; mostly Egypt. Looks good for the serious student of Egyptian architecture and sculpture.
  • Egyptian Ornament. M Vilimkova and P. Fortova-Samalova. London: Wingate, 1963. 163 p. 84 Color plates of design elements in tombs, temples, and monuments done in watercolor paintings. "Most beautiful."
  • Egypt. Jean-Louis de Cenival and Henri Stierlin. ("Architecture of the World" series). Benedikt Taschen, 1963. 193 p. Survey of ancient Egyptian architecture with excellent black and white photos and diagrams.
  • Egypt: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, K. Lange and M. Hirmer, 4th edition, London: Phaidon Press, 1961. 364 p. 260 photographs. "A great book."
  • The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt, W. Stevenson Smith, revised by William Kelly Simpson, 501 p., Penguin, 1958, 1981. Still in print. Illustrations are only in black and white, otherwise excellent. Not light reading but very thorough.
  • A History of Egyptian Architecture, vols. I - III, Alexander Badawy, Giza 1954, reprinted by Histories and Mysteries of Man Ltd.; 1 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW1. "Dated but complete and scholarly." "A great book."
  • Egyptian Architecture, W. F. M. Petrie.