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LE PAGE RENOUF, SIR PETER, (23 AUGUST 1822 - 14 OCTOBER 1897) INTRODUCTION - The Book of the Dead. Facsimile of the Papyrus of Ani in the British Museum, 1890 with the Translation Volume 1895. Together 2 Volumes

. An uncommon first edition and presentation copy of this facsimile of the Book of the Dead, published just two years after the purchase of the original for the British Museum. Rarely seen, and almost always a poor institutional copy. Featuring, 37 double-page colour lithograph plates,errata slip, collated complete. Skilfully restored by Maltby's, the Oxford bindery(established I n 1834, one year before Thornton's. ) Full black cloth with leather title label on the spine, initial pages including first end papers carefully restored, damp discolouration still visible. [ see/ask for images ] "elephant folio" (14 x 21 inches) facsimile of the Papyrus of Ani, published by the British Museum in 1890, a magnificent volume. This first edition contains a valuable Introduction by Mr. Le Page Renouf, then Keeper of the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities. [ a Guernseyman, was described by Lord Acton as "the most learned Englishman I know". ] The edition contained no translation, simply presenting a colour-lithographed facsimile of the sheets of the Papyrus. In 1895, the translation of the Papyrus by Wallis Budge was published intended as a companion to the 1890 facsimile which we add here. The Book of the Dead. The Papyrus of Ani in the British Museum. The Egyptian Text with Interlinear Transliteration and Translation, a Running Translation, Introduction, etc. London, British Museum 1895. Solid quarto later buckram; clv, 1 ,377pp. Presentation stamp from the British Museum on the title and some unobtrusive blind stamps of a library, a rather good copy, Small-folio. It contains the hieroglyphic text of the Papyrus with interlinear transliteration and word for word translation, a full description of the vignettes, and a running translation. The reader was expected to read the translation, while looking at the pictures of the scroll in the facsimile.
GBP 2975.00 [Appr.: EURO 3315 US$ 3719.65 | JPą 400674] Book number F3259

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