There is an interesting book written during the 18th century about the Luxor Temple. Letters from Egypt is the diary of Lucie Duff Gordon. She came to Egypt for her health and lived in a cottage among the half buried ruins of the Luxor Temple. She vividly describes Egypt during this time, including the early "Egyptologists" who found and sold antiquities.
The book is now out of print, but may be available at your library. You could also purchase it through the used book dealers on the internet. www.amazon.com offers an out-of-print service, but there are others including www.abe.com (ABE Books) . I have ordered out-of-print books from dealers all over the world and have never had a problem.