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Popular books on Theban tombs in English

Here is a wide range of books which deal with not just the Tombs of the Nobles, but which also look more generally at Thebes:

The Private Tombs

Lise Manniche, City of the Dead (BM Publications, 1987); also available in Egypt as The Tombs of the Nobles at Luxor (Cairo, AUC, 1989)
S. Hoedel-Hoenes, Leben und Tod im alten Ägypten (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1991), now in English as Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: Scenes from Private Tombs in New Kingdom Thebes (Cornell 2000).

Pictures of painted tombs

Wulleman et al, Passage to Eternity (Mappamundi, Knokke, 1989)
Mekhitarian, Egyptian Painting

Thebes in general

N & H Strudwick, Thebes in Egypt (BM Publications, 1999)
Charles F. Nims, Thebes of the Pharaohs
E. Riefstahl, Thebes in the time of Amunhotep III

Deir el Medina

M.L. Bierbrier, The Tomb Builders of Deir el Medina (BM Publications, 1982; also published in Cairo by AUC, 1989)
John Romer, Ancient Lives

Valley of the Kings

Nicholas Reeves, The Complete Tutankhamun
John Romer, Valley of the Kings
Erik Hornung, Tal de Könige
Erik Hornung, Valley of the Kings (English translation of previous)
N Reeves and R Wilkinson, The complete Valley of the Kings (London, Thames & Hudson)

Guides

Jill Kamil, Luxor: A Guide to Ancient Thebes
Ian Portman, Luxor. A Guide To The Temples & Tombs Of Ancient Thebes (Cairo, AUC, 1989).
Reda Ali Soliman, The Theban Necropolis. An Esoteric Guide to the West Bank at Luxor (Cairo, 1990)

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bookSome scholarly works about Theban tombs

Publications of tombs

J. Assmann, Das Grab des Amenemope (TT41) 2 vols. (Theben 3, 1991)

J. Assmann, Das Grab des Basa (Nr. 389) in der thebanischen Nekropole (AV 6, 1973)

M. Baud and E. Drioton, Le tombeau de Panehsy (tombeau No. 16) in G. Foucart, M. Baud, and E. Drioton, Tombes thébaines. Nécropole de Dirâ abû'n-Nága (MIFAO 57, 1932)

M. Baud and E. Drioton, Le tombeau de Roÿ(tombeau No. 255) in G. Foucart, M. Baud, and E. Drioton, Tombes thébaines. Nécropole de Dirâ abû'n-Nága (MIFAO 57, 1932)

C. Beinlich-Seeber and Abdel Ghaffar Shedid, Das Grab des Userhat (TT56) (AV 50, 1987)

M. Bietak and E. Reiser-Haslauer, Das Grab des `Anch-Hor 2 vols. (Untersuchungen der Zweigstelle Kairo des Österreichischen Ärchäologischen Institutes 4-5, Wien 1978-82)

A. and A. Brack, Das Grab des Haremheb (AV 35, 1980)

A. and A. Brack, Das Grab des Tjanuni (AV 19, 1977)

B. Bruyère and C. Kuentz, La Tombe de Nakht-Min et la tombe d'Ari-Nefer (MIFAO 54, 1926)

Norman de Garis Davies, The Tomb of Ken-Amun at Thebes (PMMA 5, 1930)

Norman de Garis Davies, Five Theban Tombs (ASE 21, 1913)

Norman and Nina de Garis Davies, The Tombs of Menkheperrasonb, Amenmose, and Another (Nos. 86, 112, 42, 226) (TTS 5, 1933)

Norman de Garis Davies, The Tomb of Nakht at Thebes (RPTMS 1, 1917)

Norman de Garis Davies, The Tomb of Nefer-hotep at Thebes. 2 vols. (PMMA 9, 1933)

Norman de Garis Davies, The Tomb of Puyemrêat Thebes. 2 vols. (RPTMS 2-3, 1922-3)

Norman de Garis Davies, The Tomb of the Vizier Ramose (MET 1, 1941)

Norman de Garis Davies, The Tomb of Rekh-mi-re at Thebes. 2 vols. (PMMA 11, 1943)

Nina de Garis Davies, Scenes from some Theban Tombs (nos. 38, 66, 162, with excerpts from 81) (PTT 4, 1963)

Norman de Garis Davies, The Tombs of Two Officials of the reign of Tuthmosis the Fourth (Nos. 75 and 90) (TTS 3, 1923)

Norman de Garis Davies, Two Ramesside Tombs at Thebes (RPTMS 5, 1927)

Norman de Garis Davies, The Tomb of Two Sculptors at Thebes (RPTMS 4, 1925)

Nina de Garis Davies and A. H. Gardiner, The Tomb of Amenemhet (No. 82) (TTS 1, 1915)

Nina de Garis Davies and A. H. Gardiner, The Tomb of Huy viceroy of Nubia in the reign of Tut`ankhamun (No. 40) (TTS 4, 1926)

Norman de Garis Davies and A. H. Gardiner, Seven Private Tombs at Kurneh (MET 2, 1948)

P. F. Dorman, The Tombs of Senenmut. The Architecture and Decoration of Tombs 71 and 353 (PMMA 24, 1991)

E. Dziobek, Das Grab des Ineni: Theben Nr. 81 (AV 68, 1992)

E, Dziobek, Die Gräber des Vezirs User-Amun Theben Nr. 61 und 131 (AV 84, 1994)

E. Dziobek and Mahmud Abdel Raziq, Das Grab des Sobekhotep: Theben Nr. 63 (AV 71, 1990)

The Epigraphic Survey, The Tomb of Kheruef. Theban Tomb 192 (OIP 102, 1980)

E. Feucht, Das Grab des Nefersecheru (TT296) (Theben 2, 1985)

G. Foucart, Le tombeau d'Amenmos (tombeau No. 19) in G. Foucart, M. Baud, and E. Drioton, Tombes thébaines. Nécropole de Dirâabû'n-Nága (MIFAO 57, 1932)

H. Guksch, Das Grab des Benja, gen. Paheqamen. Theben Nr. 343 (AV 7, 1978)

H. Guksch, Die Gräber des Nacht-Min und des Men-cheper-Ra-seneb Theben Nr. 87 und 79 (AV34, 1995)

R. Hari, La tombe thébaine du père divin Neferhotep (TT50) (Geneva 1985)

el Sayed Aly Hegazy and M. Tosi, A Theban Private Tomb. Tomb no. 295 (AV 45, 1983

E. Hofmann, Das Grab des Neferrenpet gen. Kenro (TT 178) (Theben 9, 1995)

K. P. Kuhlmann and W. Schenkel, Das Grab des Ibi, Obergutsverwalters der Gottesgemahlin des Amun (thebanisches Grab Nr. 36). 2 vols. (AV 15, 1983)

L. Manniche, The Wall Decoration of Three Theban Tombs (TT 77, 175, and 249) (CNI Publications 4, Copenhagen 1988)

Maha Farid Mostafa, Das Grab des Neferhotep und des Meh (TT257) (Theben 8, 1995)

T. Säve-Söderbergh, Four Eighteenth Dynasty Tombs (PTT 1, 1957)

E. Schiaparelli, Relazione sui lavori della Missione archeologica italiana in Egitto (anni 1903-1920) II: La tomba intatta dell'architetto Cha nella necropoli di Tebe (Torino 1927)

K.-J. Seyfried, Das Grab des Amenmose (TT373) (Theben 4, 1990)

K.-J. Seyfried, Das Grab des Djehutiemhab (TT194) (Theben 7, 1995)

K.-J. Seyfried, Das Grab des Paenkhemenu (TT68) und die Anlage TT227 (Theben 6, 1991)

Abdel Ghaffar Shedid, Stil der Grabmalereien in der Zeit Amenophis' II., untersucht an den thebanischen Gräbern Nr. 104 und Nr. 80 (AV 66, 1988)

N. & H.M. Strudwick, The Tombs of Amenhotep, Khnummose, and Amenmose (TT294, 253, and 254). 2 vols. Oxford 1996

J. Vandier d'Abbadie and G. Jourdain, Deux tombes de Deir el-Médineh (MIFAO 73, 1939)

P. Virey, Sept tombeaux thébaines (MMAF 5, 1891)

H. Wild, La tombe de Néfer.hotep (I) et Neb.néfer à Deir el Médîna [No 6] et autres documents les concernant (MIFAO 103, 1979)

Related studies

M. Abdul-Qader Muhammed, The Development of the Funerary Beliefs and Practices displayed in the Private Tombs of the New Kingdom at Thebes (Cairo 1966)

J. Assmann, `Priorität und Interesse: Das Problem der ramessidischen Beamtengräber', in Problems and Priorities, 32-41

J. Assmann, Sonnenhymnen in thebanischen Gräbern (Theben 1, 1983)

J. Assmann and G. Burkard (eds), 5000 Jahre Ägypten. Genese und Permanenz pharaonischer Kunst [Nussloch 1983]

J. Assmann, G. Burkard, and V. Davies (eds), Problems and Priorities in Egyptian Archaeology (Studies in Egyptology, London 1987)

J. Assmann, E. Dziobek, H. Guksch, F. Kampp (eds), Thebanische Beamtennekropolen. Neue Perspectiven archäologischer Forschung (SAGA 12, Heidelberg 1995)

M. Baud, Les dessins ébauchés de la Nécropôle Thébaine (MIFAO 63, 1935)

H. Carter and the Earl of Carnarvon, Five Years' Explorations at Thebes. A record of work done 1907-1911 (London 1912)

Norman de Garis Davies, `The Town House in Ancient Egypt', in MMS I (Part 2, May 1929), 233-55

Norman de Garis Davies and M.F. Laming Macadam, A Corpus of Inscribed Egyptian Funerary Cones I (Oxford 1957)

Nina de Garis Davies and A. H. Gardiner, Ancient Egyptian Paintings 3 vols (Chicago 1936)

R. Engelbach, A Supplement to the Topographical Catalogue of the Private Tombs at Thebes (Nos. 253 to 334) with some notes on the Necropolis from 1913 to 1924 (Le Caire 1924)

A. H. Gardiner and A. P. Weigall, A Topographical Catalogue of the Private Tombs at Thebes (London 1913)

F. Kampp, Die Thebanische Nekropole 2 vols (Theben 13, 1996)

L. Klebs, Die Reliefs des alten Reiches (2980-2475 v. Chr.) (AHAW 3, 1915); Die Reliefs und Malerien des mittleren Reiches (VII-XVII. Dyn. ca. 2475-1580) (AHAW 6, 1922); Die Reliefs und Malerien des neuen Reiches (XVIII-XX. Dyn., ca. 1580-1100) (AHAW 9, 1934)

J. Málek and D. Magee, `Additional Theban tomb documentation in the Griffith Institute, Oxford', Göttinger Miszellen 65 (1983), 57-62

L. Manniche, Lost Tombs. A Study of Certain Eighteenth Dynasty Monuments in the Theban Necropolis (Studies in Egyptology, London 1988)

K. Sakurai, S. Yoshimura, and J. Kondo (eds), Comparative Studies of Noble Tombs in Theban Necropolis (Tomb Nos. 8, 38, 39, 48, 50, 54, 57, 63, 64, 66, 74, 78, 89, 90, 91, 107, 120, 139, 147, 151, 181, 201, 253, 295) (Tokyo 1988)

M. Saleh, Das Totenbuch in Thebanischen Gräber (AV 46, 1984)

S. Schott, Das schöne Fest vom Wüstentale, Festbräuche einer Totenstadt (AAWLM 11, 1952)

K. J. Seyfried, `Bemerkungen zur Erweiterung der unterirdischen Anlagen einiger Gräber des neuen Reiches in Theben--Versuch einer Deutung', ASAE 71 (1987), 229-49

C. K. Wilkinson and M. Hill, Egyptian Wall Paintings: The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Collection of Facsimiles (New York 1983)

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