> What is implied by you and psycho Warty is that
> Wilkinson's (and other antiquarians) observations,
> drawings, opinions, letters and minor publications
> were kept under lock and key until a book was
> published. That Wilkinson and others DID not, and
> WOULD not, convey their discoveries to others
> until their book was published.
> You seem unaware that letter writing was the mode
> of communication, that letters were frequently
> read aloud to various organizations as a source of
> news, that letters were flying between
We've established that, in 1837, when Vyse was in Egypt, mail between Egypt and England might take about two or three weeks (depending presumably on the weather).
> You are also unaware of Vyse's connection to the
> British Museum and to those who had more than a
> glancing interest in Egyptian antiquities.
Vyse's correspondence with, and contributions to, the British Museum, are hardly in any doubt.
He was also in correspondence with learned societies, to which he would report his various discoveries. The societies would then in turn report Vyse's discoveries in their proceedings.
> appears you do not know of Vyse's connection to
> Cullimore, a prominent antiquarian at the time, as
> well as Hamilton and others.
As has already been pointed out, in February 1838, Cullimore (a member of one of the learned societies just mentioned) wrote a piece describing Vyse's findings.
> However, it's possible you are aware of
> communications between Egypt, London and Malta,
> but are unwilling to acknowledge the abundant
> communications of the times.
Where does Malta come into this question?
To repeat points already made on several occasions:
1. Wilkinson's Materia Hieroglyphica had been privately published in Malta in 1828 (although Wilkinson was not in Malta himself). It contains an image of Khufu's cartouche. Vyse did not have a copy of this book with him.
2. Vyse had only a copy of Wilkinson's Topography of Thebes with him when he was at Giza. This book does not contain an image of Khufu's cartouche.
3. The first edition of Wilkinson's Manners and Customs does contain an image of Khufu's cartouche. But, although dated 1837, it was not available in London bookshops until January 1838.
I know of no evidence of any correspondence between Wilkinson and Vyse in the 1830s - although, admittedly, they did each have correspondents with similar interests, to one of whom, in 1834, Vyse showed a short article about Manners and Customs possibly being published some day. In Operations, Vyse cites Topography quite a few times (and one instance of Materia Hieroglyphica): but no letters from Wilkinson, and no mention of Manners and Customs (even though Vyse would of course have had access to it on his return to England, if he had wished).