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BUDGE, E. A. WALLIS. The Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Ani in the British Museum; The Egyptian Text with Interlinear Transliteration and Translation ... (1895)

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BUDGE, E. A. WALLIS. The Book of the Dead: The Papyrus of Ani in the British Museum; The Egyptian Text with Interlinear Transliteration and Translation ... (1895)

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... A Running Translation, Introduction, Etc.

London: Printed by Order of the Trustees and Sold at the British Museum; and by Longmans & Co.; B. Quaritch; Asher & Co.; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; and Henry Frowde, 1895. 

First Edition. In small folio. Bound in quarter-leather with corners; raised bands with spine title; top edge gilt with panel lines and spine title still bright. Printed on a heavy coated stock; Fore edge semi-deckled. 377 pages with bibliography. Considerable rubbing and wear to the spine edges and corners; moderate foxing to preliminary pages and end matter, scattered foxing to some margin areas in text. This remains a very good copy. Note: This book is large and extremely heavy. Additional shipping charges may apply.

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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. The original elephant folio plate volume preceded this text volume, and was issued in 1890.