1899 FACSIMILE OF FIVE PAPYRUS BOOKS OF THE DEAD, WITH 35 ELEPHANT FOLIO PLATES, 20 IN FULL COLOR
BUDGE, E. A. Wallis. The Book of the Dead. Facsimiles of the Papyri of Hunefer, Anhai, Kerasher and Netchemet. London: British Museum, et al. [Harrison & Son], 1899. Elephant folio (15-1/2 by 23-1/2 inches), modern half burgundy morocco, raised bands, black morocco spine label. $2000.
First edition of this collection of full-color elephant folio facsimiles of five critical papyri, containing “the funereal compositions upon which [Egyptians] depended for the means of attaining everlasting life.”
These faithful facsimiles of Egyptian vignettes, hymns, chapters, and descriptive rubrics, together with their transcriptions in hieroglyphic type, comprise a source of extraordinary importance for the study of the Book of the Dead. With 35 facsimiles—20 in full color (17 of these double-page) and 15 black-and-white half-tones. Published as a supplement to the Papyrus of Ani, which appeared first in facsimile in 1890.