First edition of this scarce 2-volume set on the Insinger Papyrus (Papyrus Insinger), a papyrus from ancient Egypt which contains one of the oldest extant writings about Egyptian wisdom teachings (Sebayt). The manuscript is dated to around the 2nd century AD and the main part is kept at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden. It is the most comprehensive and significant of the preserved texts in the genre of wisdom teachings, and one of the oldest genres in ancient Egyptian literature. In contrast to other extant wisdom teachings emphasizing proper social behavior, the Insinger Papyrus puts the emphasis on ethically correct behavior. The manuscript is a collection of writings and includes 25 surviving chapters. The scripture is broken down into different themes with numbered chapters and contains over 800 maxims written on the rectoside. The maxims are written as one liners similar to a proverb, examples are: "A hissing of a snake is more effective than the braying of a donkey"; "A small snake bears poison"; "A snake on which one steps ejects a strong poison"; "A crocodile does not die from worrying, it dies from hunger"; "It is God who bestows prosperity, it is the wise man that preserves it." The text is written in demotic and the manuscript is dated between year 0 and 100 AD around the Greek period and the Roman period, thus showing that Egyptian traditions persisted even under foreign rule and were adapted to the requirements of new times. On the technical side, the Insinger Papyrus is a fragmented papyrus scroll with the beginning and end of the scroll missing, the size is about 241 × 10 1/2" (612 × 27.5 cm). This set runs as follow:- Monuments Égyptiens du Musée d'Antiquités des Pays-Bas à Leide Publiés d'après les Ordres du Gouvernement. Suten-Xeft, Le Livre Royal, 34 planches avec Introduction (1899): Folio (15 x 21 1/2"). 11, pp (Text), 34 loose leaves (Plates), as issued. Original quarter cloth over printed paper covered portfolio. The 34 leaves are illustrated reproductions of the Insinger Papyrus. The portfolio is complete of all its text pages and leaves of plates. Ex-library copy with sticker at lower and upper front joint, bookplate on inside of front cover, and pocket at rear. Covers sunned along edges. Closed tear at tail of spine. Lower front corner bumped, thus slightly affecting pages throughout. Water-staining to lower right margin of text pages (not affecting lettering). Text in French. Portfolio in fair, interior in good to very good, plates in very good condition.- Monuments Égyptiens du Musée d'Antiquités des Pays-Bas à Leide Publiés d'après les Ordres du Gouvernement. Suten-Xeft, Le Livre Royal. Edition en phototypie. - Supplément à la 34me livraison des Monuments Égyptiens (1905): Folio (11 3/4 x 16").  leaves (Title + Afterword), 35 loose leaves (as issued). Original quarter cloth over printed paper covered portfolio. String ties. Afterword by A. E. J. Holwerda. Published as a supplement to the first portfolio published 6 years earlier, this volume reproduces for the first time the entire Insinger Papyrus in phototype. Ex-library copy with sticker at lower and upper front joint, bookplate on inside of front cover, and pocket at rear. Portfolio water-stained and sunned along edges. Water-staining to lower right corner of the last three plates (not affecting images) and Afterword (not affecting lettering). Text in French. Portfolio in overall fair, interior in good to very good, plates in good+ to very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Monuments Égyptiens du Musée d'Antiquités ...
Publisher: E. J. Brill
Publication Date: 1905
Book Condition: f to vg
Edition: First edition.
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