Contact Us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right. 

503-704-2376

Specializing in Rare and Antiquarian Books on the Occult and more.

Current Offerings

(Egyptology) THE LIFE-WORK OF SIR PETER LE PAGE RENOUF. Egyptological And Philological Essays plus THE BOOK OF THE DEAD (1902 - 1907) by Renouf (4 Volumes)

IMG_4612.jpeg
IMG_4617.jpeg
IMG_4618.jpg
IMG_4619.jpg
IMG_4621.jpg
IMG_4626.jpg
IMG_4622.jpg
IMG_4627.jpg
IMG_4623.jpg
IMG_4628.jpg
IMG_4629.jpeg
IMG_4624.jpg
IMG_4625.jpg
IMG_4633.jpg
IMG_4631.jpeg
IMG_4612.jpeg
IMG_4617.jpeg
IMG_4618.jpg
IMG_4619.jpg
IMG_4621.jpg
IMG_4626.jpg
IMG_4622.jpg
IMG_4627.jpg
IMG_4623.jpg
IMG_4628.jpg
IMG_4629.jpeg
IMG_4624.jpg
IMG_4625.jpg
IMG_4633.jpg
IMG_4631.jpeg

(Egyptology) THE LIFE-WORK OF SIR PETER LE PAGE RENOUF. Egyptological And Philological Essays plus THE BOOK OF THE DEAD (1902 - 1907) by Renouf (4 Volumes)

750.00

RENOUF, Peter Le Page (edited by Gaston Maspero, W. Harry Wylands, and Edouard Naville)

The Life-Work of Sir Peter Le Page Renouf. First Series: Egyptological And Philological Essays (4 Volumes)

Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1907. First Editions. Hardcover. Heavy quartos. Four volumes. Publisher's black cloth with gilt cover decorations. Vol I: 460p, photogravure portrait frontis, three folding plates. Vol II: 439p. Vol III: 558p, three folding plates. Vol IV (The Book of the Dead): clvii + 398p, 62 plates on card stock. Vol I edited by G. Maspero and W. Harry Rylands; Vols II & III edited by Edouard Naville and W. Harry Rylands; Volume IV, The Book of the Dead, (continued and completed by E. Naville), with a 157 page biography of Renouf by Naville. SCARCE AS A COMPLETE SET. An extremely heavy set of books, weighing in at 18 pounds!

Some wear to the back joint on volume four with small narrow band of cloth missing, tears to cloth on front joint (binding remains secure), and some wear to lower spine tip. Volumes I and II show consistent fading to spine. A few corner bumps and edgewear to all volumes. Some foxing to preliminaries and title page of volume I. Text remains bright in all volumes. Watkins book ticket on front endpaper of each volume. Still a well preserved set in very good condition. 

Add To Cart

Volume I mainly concerns Hieroglyphic studies, with essays on the Decipherment of Dead Languages, Young and Champollion, Ritual Prayers, Miscellaneous Notes on Egyptian Philology, and more. Volume II begins with notes on a Metal distinguished by a certain hieroglyph and thought to represent Copper, with additional chapters on the Medical Papyrus of Berlin, Egyptian Prepositions, Notes on Hieroglyphic Dictionaries and elements of Egyptian Grammar, the True Sense of the Egyptian word 'Ka', Egyptian Mythology, The Bow in the Egyptian Sky, The Eclipse in Egypt, the gods Akar and Seb, Names of Isis and Osiris, the Name of the Ithyphallic Horus, and more. Vol III shares insights on a difficult passage in the Pyramid Texts, The Cat in Ancient Egypt, Funerary Ritual, the Title of the Book of the Dead, Nile Mythology, Ancient Egyptian Texts, Parallels in Folklore, Astronomical Observations, and more including a subject index and a hieroglyphic index. Vol IV is Renouf's superior translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, plus a biography of Renouf by Edouard Naville. 

Peter Le Page Renouf (1822 - 1897) was Keeper of Oriental Antiquities at the British Museum starting in 1886, replacing Dr. Samuel Birch. Renouf's understudy was E. A. Wallis Budge with whom he had an acrimonious relationship. Renouf was against the idea of Budge becoming his successor as Keeper, preferring instead that the job be given to Edouard Naville. He insisted that Budge lacked the abilities, not to mention the social skills necessary, to be Keeper. Renouf was eventually removed from his position as Keeper when he reached retirement age and the position did go to Budge. Oddly enough, Renouf is best known for his translation of the Book of the Dead which is far more accurate than Budge's, even though Budge's translation has remained in print until this day, while Renouf's has been all but forgotten.