London: W. Griggs, 1898. Limited First edition. Hardcover. 1/300. Folio (12 1/2 x 10"). , lxxxiii, , 144 leaves (English translation), xcii (92) leaves (Plates), 65 leaves (Original text in Ge'ez). Original full purple morocco, with blind-stamped decoration to covers, and gold lettering to spine. Top edge gilt, and fore-edge and bottom edge of paper marbled. Marbled endpapers. Pasted onto fly leaf is Lady Meux's* gift note written on her personal stationary. Title page in red and black lettering.
English translation of a 16th-century Ethiopian manuscript on the Apocryphal lives of two Saints honored in the Abyssinian Church: Mabâ' Seyôn and Gabra Krestôs. The text is accompanied with 92 striking chromolithographs reproducing the early 17th-century illuminations which ornate the original manuscript. The Introductory text is illustrated with 33 b/w in-text illustrations.
One of 300 numbered copies, of which this is No. 55.
Binding rubbed along edges. Ex-library copy, with reference sticker at tail of spine and upper front cover, and bookplate on inside of front board. Remnant of a "Reference" label on inside of back cover. Slight age-toning throughout. Text in English and Ge'ez. Binding in overall good-, interior in good+ to very good, chromolithographs in very good condition. g- to vg. Item #42691
* Valerie Susan, Lady Meux, (1847-1910) was a Victorian socialite and the wife of Sir Henry Meux, 3rd Baronet, a London brewer. She was the owner of two rare Ethiopian manuscripts, including this one, "The Lives of Mabâ' Seyôn and Gabra Krestôs," published here for the first time.