The Life of Takla Haymanot in the Version of Dabra Libanos and The Miracles of Takla Haymanot in the Version of Dabra Libanos and The Book of the Riches of Kings. The Ethiopic Texts from the British Museum Ms. Oriental 723 ( Two volumes ). A. E. Wallis BUDGE, Edits. etc. Dabra Libanos.
The Life of Takla Haymanot in the Version of Dabra Libanos and The Miracles of Takla Haymanot in the Version of Dabra Libanos and The Book of the Riches of Kings. The Ethiopic Texts from the British Museum Ms. Oriental 723 ( Two volumes ).

The Life of Takla Haymanot in the Version of Dabra Libanos and The Miracles of Takla Haymanot in the Version of Dabra Libanos and The Book of the Riches of Kings. The Ethiopic Texts from the British Museum Ms. Oriental 723 ( Two volumes ).

London: Privately Printed, 1906. First Edition. Hardcovers. 2 Volumes. Elephant Folios. (14 inches x 15 inches,) Vol. I: (viii) + lxiv +1 - 243 + cxii interleaved plates (text and plate pages printed on one side only). Vol. II, 244 - 396 + 142pp. Original cloth with blind stamping to covers and gilt titling to spines. Marbled endpapers and edges. One hundred and sixty-five full page colour plates. Edition limited to 250 numbered copies. An extraordinarily lavish production. The volumes are simply huge - Vol. I weighs about 30lbs and Vol. II 24lbs. This extraordinary privately-printed edition was especially commission by Lady Meux, following a visit made to her in 1902 by His Highness Ras Makonnen, (then) 'Governor of Harrar and the Dependencies of Ethiopia.' During the visit Ras Makonnen had expressed wonder at the magnificence of the Ethiopic manuscripts held in Lady Meux's museum, and she subsequently decided to reproduce 'an illustrated Ethiopic manuscript of a character which would be of special interest to His Highness …' She settled on these, the two most famous hagiographies of the renowned Ethiopian Saint, Takla Haymanot, from a magnificent manuscript (Oriental 723) held in the British Museum. The volumes comprise plates reproducing the pages of the illuminated manuscripts, English translations, and a typeset version of the Ethiopic text. A superb set. A little light rubbing at hinges, edges and points, but both volumes are near fine, and genuinely rare thus, being seldom - if ever - seen in such excellent condition due to their size, weight and age. Please NOTE: This set weighs over 50 pounds and thus shipping to any destination will be at cost. Item #38990

Price: $4,250.00