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THE EGYPTIAN HEAVEN AND HELL (1905) by E. A. Wallis Budge (in 3 volumes)

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THE EGYPTIAN HEAVEN AND HELL (1905) by E. A. Wallis Budge (in 3 volumes)

295.00

BUDGE, E. A. Wallis

The Egyptian Heaven and Hell. The Book Am-Tuat, The Shorter Form of the Book Am-Tuat, The Book of the Gates and The Contents of the Books of the Other World Described and Compared (3 Volumes)

London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, 1905. First Edition. Three volumes (complete) being numbers XX, XXI, & XXII of the Books on Egypt and Chaldaea series. Hardcover. Octavo. Publishers tan cloth with black Egyptian lotus border design and titles to front, black titles to spine. (viii) 278, (viii) 306, (xv) 232 pp. With hundreds of black and white illustrations and hieroglyphic representations. Volume II has a very large foldout frontispiece of the Goddess Nut. 

Two small dents to fore-edge of volume III. Some dark marks to front of volume II and to the back panel of volume III. Slight wrinkling to cloth on spine of volume III. Each volume has a small institutional sticker to upper free endpaper. Each title page has a small circular stamp which reads: Sgolastigat - Soc. De Marie. See photos. No other institutional markings. Bindings are strong and secure. This remains a very good set.

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Volume I includes The Book Am-Tuat, Volume II is The Short Form of the Book Am-Tuat and The Book of the Gates, Volume III is The Contents of the Books of the Other World Described and Compared. This 3 volume work is the outcome of two lectures on the Books of the Tuat, i.e., the Egyptian Underworld, or "Other World," which Budge delivered at the Royal Institution in the spring of 1904, and it was prepared at the suggestion of many who wished to continue their inquiries into the beliefs of the Egyptians concerning the abode of the departed, and the state of the blessed and the damned. The object of all the Books of the Other World was to provide the dead with a "Guide" or "Handbook," which contained a description of the regions through which their souls would have to pass on their way to the kingdom of Osiris, or to that portion of the sky where the sun rose, and which would supply them with the words of power and magical names necessary for making an unimpeded journey from this world to the abode of the blessed. For a period of two thousand years in the history of Egypt, the Books of the Other World consisted of texts only, but about B.C. 2500 funeral artists began to represent pictorially the chief features of the "Field of Peace," or "Islands of the Blessed," and before the close of the XIXth Dynasty, about 1300 years later, all the principal books relating to the Tuat were profusely illustrated. In the copies of them which were painted on the walls of royal tombs, each division of the Tuat was clearly drawn and described, and each gate, with all its guardians, was carefully depicted. Both the living and the dead could learn from them, not only the names, but also the forms, of every god, spirit, soul, shade, demon, and monster which they were likely to meet on their way, and the copious texts which were given side by side with the pictures enabled the traveller through the Tuat - always, of course, provided that he had learned them - to participate in the benefits which were decreed by the Sun-god for the beings of each section of it. In the present work the object has been to give the reader the complete hieroglyphic texts of the BOOK AM-TUAT and the BOOK OF GATES, with reproductions of all their illustrations in black and white, and English translations and descriptions.