The original version is available as an e-book on the internet. You can read it online or download it to your computer. The advantage of the digital version is that you can adjust the zoom to the size you prefer. The disadvantage is that is it a bit difficult to jump from one place to another. With a real book it is easy to flip through the pages.
(1) Some of the names and dates used by Gorringe are not used by modern scholars. Here are two examples:
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Henry H. Gorringe,
Published by the author, New York, 1882,
Forgotten Books, 2012, 232 pages
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Alexandria November 1879:
the obelisk is encased in order to protect it
when it is taken down.
Notice the American flag flying from the top.
Alexandria 1879: Gorringe made this drawing while he prepared to lower the obelisk
Alexandria December 1879: the obelisk is in a horizontal position.
It will be lowered to the ground, step by step.
The American flag is hoisted again.
Alexandria May 1880: embarking the obelisk.
Sliding the obelisk on cannonballs into the hold of the Dessoug.
New York harbour July 1880:
the Dessoug has arrived in New York.
Visitors come aboard to study the obelisk while it is still inside the belly of the ship.
New York, Staten Island, July 1880:
disembarking the obelisk
New York, Manhattan Island, September 1880:
the obelisk crossing the Hudson River Railroad
en route to Central Park.
New York Central Park, January 1881:
the obelisk is placed over the pedestal
New York Central Park, 22 January 1881:
swinging the obelisk into position above the pedestal.
Reliefs on the pedestal of the obelisk in Constantinople (today Istanbul)
which was raised by Theodosius in AD 390.
This illustration brings together the reliefs of the north and south sides of the pedestal.
The lower register shows the relief of the south side.
It shows the circus after the erection of the obelisk.
The two upper registers, the north side, show how the obelisk was erected.
Henry H. Gorringe, 1841-1885,
Lieutenant-Commander of the US Navy.
Gorringe giving a lecture after the successful completion of the project
The Greek inscription carved on the outside of the claw of the obelisk-crab.
The Latin inscription is on the other side of the claw.
The Egyptian obelisk in New York Central Park.
This picture was taken in 1993.
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