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BUDGE, Sir Wallis.

The Book of the Saints of the Ethiopian Church.

A translation of the Ethiopic Synaxarium [in Ethiopic: Mashafa Senkesar]made from the manuscripts Oriental 660 and 661 in the British Museum,

Published: Cambridge: at the University Press, 1928

Stock code: 110407

Price: £1,500

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First and limited edition, 300 sets were printed; scarce, particularly in the dust jackets. “The Masahafa Senkesar is a vast storehouse of Christian legends and traditions and popular folk-lore, and as a whole it illustrates clearly the history of Egyptian, Nubian and Ethiopian Christianity for a period of about thirteen hundred years” (Budge’s Preface). Niall Finneran describes it as “a calendar of feast days of holy individuals from across the eastern Christian world and although containing a heavy Coptic influence occasionally gives some insight into contemporary Ethiopian saints such as Tekla Haymanot as well as the activities of the Nine Saints from a much earlier period” (The Archaeology of Ethiopia,2007, p. 28).

4 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, gilt lettered spines. With the dust jackets (for volumes I-III only). Jacket spines toned, some tears (with loss), splits and chips, spine of volume IV lightly sunned, boards a little discoloured and slightly dished, touch of foxing to fore edges.

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