London: Privately Printed For Lady Meux, 1906. First edition. Hardcover. 15/250. Folio. Vol. 1: (9), lxiii, (2) 243 leaves, cxii plates. vol. 2: (2) 246-388 leaves, 389-396pp., 141pp., CLXV plates in 2 volumes. Original maroon cloth with blind-stamped ruling on covers and gilt lettering on spine. Marbled edges and endpapers. Color frontispiece. Text of English translation printed on one side only with versos blank. This remarkable work is considered to be the most useful source on the life and teachings of Takla Haymanot, the 13th century Ethiopian monk and religious teacher. Takla Haymanot is significant for being the only Ethiopian Saint popular both amongst Ethiopians and outside that country.
In this stunning hagiography of the Saint, magnificently illustrated with rich and vibrant 165 full page chromolithographs by William Griggs, E. A. Wallis Budge has translated a text discovered in Debre Libanos, and attributed to one Täklä S'ion. Content:[ v. 1] Introduction. I. The life of Feshha Seyôn, whom Christ surnamed Takla Hâymânôt, according to the version of Dabra Libânôs, by Gabra Maskal.--[v. 2] II. The book of the history of the translation of the body of ... Takla Hâymânôt, which took place seven and fifty years after his death, and was revealed by the Holy Spirit to John Kamâ. III. The Book of the miracles of ... Takla Hâymânôt, which was compiled by Abbâ Peter. IV. The Book of the riches of kings by Takla Hâymânôt. V. Life of Takla Hâymânôt--according to the version of Waldebbâ. VI. Index. VII. The Ethiopic texts printed in Ethiopian typeface: 1. The life of Takla Hâymânôt--according to the version of Dabra Lîbânôs. 2. The Miracles of Takla Hâymânôt. 3. The Book of the riches of kings.
Contains ExLibris of Sir Francis Reginald Wingate, Knight Commander of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, a British order of chivalry. Light wear along edges of binding with some scuffing at tail of spines and 6 inch split of upper front joint of volume one, board firmly attached. Both volumes of this voluminous publication tight. Exterior in overall good+ to very good, interior very good+ condition. Scarce. g+ to vg+. Item #42687