Selected pages of annotated proofs of Sir Austen Henry Layard's 'Nineveh and its Remains', 1848

'Nineveh and its Remains' was published in 1849 and was an instant success, described by The Times newspaper as 'the most extraordinary work of the present age'. The success was in part due to Layard's style of writing and the exotic subject of his book, but also because the deciphering of Assyrian inscriptions found by him had implications for the origins of Christianity. Indeed, some claimed Layard's book'made the Bible true'.


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on account of the cuneiform type used in it.

CHAP. I.] Inscriptions Assyrian Genealogies 193

at Khorsabad for instance, one formula is constantly repeated,
d/ with the exception of a few unessential variations.
The inscription on the bricks of the earliest palace
at Nimroud, that in the north-west corner, is as
follows: —


d/ The standard inscription, which is found on al-
most every slab in the same building, commences
nearly in a similar way : —

* The cuneiform type used in the text has been made cut by Mr. Harrison,
of St. Martin's Lane. The inscriptions from Assyria printed by him for
Cap/ the trustees of the British Museum, are the first specimens of an extensive
use of moveable cuneiform types, and they are remarkable instances of
the ingenuity, and I may add taste, of a British printer. The letters were
cut and put together under the my superintendence of the Author and that of d/
Mr. Norris, translator of Eastern languages at the Foreign Office, and one
of the secretaries of the Asiatic Society, of whose eminent abilities and
most extensive knowledge in every branch of eastern philology and literature, it
would be superfluous in me to speak. That the inscriptions of Assyria
should be perpetuated, and made accessible to all through the medium of
moveable types, after the loss of the character for nearly 2500 years, is not
one of the least of the many wonderful achievements of printing.