“LET ME BE RECEIVED BY OSIRIS IN THE LAND OF TRUTH-SPEAKING”: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD, 1894 ELEPHANT FOLIO WITH 37 DOUBLE-PAGE COLOR LITHOGRAPHS, WITH BUDGE’S COMPREHENSIVE TRANSLATION
BUDGE, E. A. Wallis. The Book of the Dead. Facsimile of the Papyrus of Ani. in the British Museum. WITH: The Book of the Dead… The Egyptian Text with Interlinear Transliteration and Translation, a Running Translation, Introduction, etc. London: British Museum, et al., 1894-95. Two volumes. Elephant folio (16 by 21 inches), later three-quarter green morocco gilt, raised bands, uncut; quarto, original dark green morocco, top edges gilt, uncut. $4500.
Second edition of the important facsimile of the Papyrus of Ani, with 37 double-page elephant folio color lithographic plates, together with a first edition of Budge's comprehensive analysis of including “the funereal compositions upon which [Egyptians] depended for the means of attaining everlasting life.” Includes the original hieroglyphic text, with interlinear transliteration, word-for-word translation, and a broader running interpretation and analysis.
"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." The facsimile of the Papyrus of Ani was first published in 1890, with an Introduction by Mr. Le Page Renouf, but unaccompanied by a translation. This comprehensive translation and analysis by renowned Egyptologist E.A. Wallis Budge was prepared to accompany this second edition of the folio color facsimile of the Papyrus.
Plates fine; scattered foxing to quarto text volume; only minor rubbing to boards of both folio and quarto volumes. An impressive production.