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The Book of the Dead. Facsimiles of the Papyri of Hunefer, Anhai, Kerasher and Netchemet with Supplementary Text from the Papyrus of Nu with Transcripts, Translations Etc.

Budge, E. A. Wallis

Published by Longmans & Company, London, 1899
Condition: Fair Hardcover
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From the British Museum. Remarkable and rare atlas folio translations of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Intended as a supplement to earlier publications from the British Museum: The Papyrus of Ani (also available from this seller). Brown hardcover boards with blue decorative end paper. Binding is tight with light soiling to the page edges. Interior hinges are taped, book plate on inside. The major flaw is the insanity of the previous owner who pasted various newspaper and magazine covers of note to the backs of several plates which distracts but has generally not affected the condition of the plates appearance on the reverse. Collation is as follows: Preface & contents + 64pp of text with in-text hieroglyphics; followed by Papyrus of Hunefer with 11 coloured plates with eight of them double page (#s 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 & 11 have magazine covers pasted on the rear); followed by Papyrus of Anhai with 8 coloured plates, of which 7 are double page (of which 1, 6 & 8 have magazine covers); followed by The Book of Breathings. The Papyrus of Kerasher, 3 plates with one of them coloured; followed by Papyrus of Queen Netchement with 12 B/W plates; followed by Papyrus of Nu with 1 pp facsimile of original text, plus 63pp transcript in hieroglyphic type plates. Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge (1857-1934) was an English Egyptologist who worked for the British Museum and published numerous works on the ancient Near East. During his years in the British Museum, Budge sought to establish ties with local antiquities dealers in Egypt and Iraq so that the Museum would be able to obtain antiquities from them without the uncertainty and cost of excavating. Budge returned from his many missions to Egypt and Iraq with enormous collections of cuneiform tablets, Syriac, Coptic and Greek manuscripts, as well as significant collections of hieroglyphic papyri. Perhaps his most famous acquisitions from this time were the beautiful Papyrus of Ani, a copy of Aristotle's lost Constitution of Athens, and the Tell al-Amarna tablets. Budge's prolific and well-planned acquisitions gave the British Museum arguably the best Ancient Near East collections in the world. Bookseller Inventory # 4180

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Title: The Book of the Dead. Facsimiles of the ...

Publisher: Longmans & Company, London

Publication Date: 1899

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: First Edition

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