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Christian Jacq, a successful French Egyptologist with plenty of books on Egypt , has an excellent guide on ancient monuments: "Voyage dans l'Egypt des pharaons" - the original French title. It focuses essentially on the areas most accessible to the average tourist, although it also covers others, like some in the almost forbidden (for foreign travellers) zone of Medium Egypt. The writing is compact, comprehensive and you don't need any great previous knowledge on Ancient Egyptian culture to understand it. Every aspect related to the monuments (architecture, religion, history, etc.) is well explained and put into context.
Kent Weeks, Archaeologist and Egyptologist has written an excellent guide for Luxor and the Theban Westbank called "The Treasures of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings". The book is filled with many good illustrations and is available in other languages as well.
Around Egypt you can also find small, handy books covering different areas of the country. They cost around LE 30 and are published by The American University in Cairo. They have good pictures and short texts explaining the most important sites around the country. Look for those books in larger hotels and in bookstores.
Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).
Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s) you like the best.
Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.