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THE PAPYRUS OF ANI - The Book of the Dead (1913) by E. A. Wallis Budge (3 Volumes, Complete)

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THE PAPYRUS OF ANI - The Book of the Dead (1913) by E. A. Wallis Budge (3 Volumes, Complete)

595.00

BUDGE, E. A. Wallis

The Papyrus of Ani. A Reproduction in Facsimile, edited with Hieroglyphic Transcript, Translation and Introduction, etc. (The Egyptian Book of the Dead). Complete in 3 volumes. 

New York/London: G.P. Putnam's Sons / Philip Lee Warner, Revised Edition. Hardcover. Quarto. All volumes in blue cloth with gilt stamped design and titles to front. The two text volumes with and gilt titles and image of Thoth to spine. Plate volume has just gilt titles to spine. Top edges gilt. 704 total pages of text in first two volumes, with 37 large foldout color plates in volume three.

Some rubbing to boards with a few marks to cloth. Some bumps to corners (see photos). Former owner's gift inscription to free endpapers. Some pages to the second half of volume II remain unopened. The plates are all in excellent shape. This set is in very good condition. 

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The Papyrus of Ani, which was acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum in 1888, is the largest, the most perfect, and the best illuminated of all the papyri containing copies of the Theban Recension of the Book of the Dead. Its rare Vignettes, Hymns, and Chapters, and its descriptive Rubrics, render it of unique importance for the study of the Book of the Dead, and it holds a very high place among the funerary papyri that were written between B.C. 1500 and B.C. 1350. Although it contains less than one-half of the Chapters which formed the Great Corpus of texts written for the benefit of the dead, it can be concluded that Ani’s exalted official position, as Chancellor of the ecclesiastical revenues and endowments of all the Temples of Thebes and Abydos, will have ensured the inclusion of all the Chapters which an educated Egyptian deemed essential for salvation. The Papyrus of Ani is, in short, typical of the Book of the Dead in vogue among Theban nobles of his time. Volume one of the present edition contains the general Introduction, with chapters on the History of the Book of the Dead and on Egyptian Religion. Then there is a full description of the Papyrus of Ani, plate by plate. Volume two contains a complete transcript of the Papyrus in hieroglyphic type, with English translation, notes, and an index. The third volume contains 37 large color folding plates of the entire papyrus.