Rosalie David’s Temple Ritual at Abydos – a study of the ritual wall scenes at the temple of Seti I at Abydos in Egypt – was first printed in 1973 (as Religious Ritual at Abydos) and reprinted in 1981 (as A Guide to Religious Ritual at Abydos). It had been out-of-print for a number of years until the Egypt Exploration Society raised funds for a revised and extended edition, published in 2016.
This extended edition contains extensive transliteration which was not included in the original versions (presumably due to the greater difficulty in setting transliteration in those days).
As well as standard cleaning up of text and formatting, the typesetting of the book, totalling 392 pages, included:
- managing two different master-page layouts; one for pages of text and another for pages containing the transliteration/translations. The two interchanged throughout the book
- setting of ancient Egyptian transliteration throughout the book as well as a couple of instances of hieroglyphs in the notes section
- using scanned images of the line drawings from the 1981 edition of the book, cropping them down in Photoshop, and referencing a copy of the book to find the correct place within the text to set them
- setting the scanned images from Calverley & Broome folios of wall scenes – both within the text and full page – using a set of instructions from the author as to their approximate placement within the book
This book was a major project which required a lot of work, but is a joy to hold and read. Its design is that of a glossy, ‘coffee table’ book; the photos and wall scenes from Calverley & Broome are truly beautiful and bring a real luxurious feel to the book.