London: C. J. Clay and Sons, 1902. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (10 x 8"). lxxii, 71, pp. Original blue printed wrappers. Book housed in a modest half burgundy cloth over stiff cardboard binding, with handwritten title in white to spine.
Agnes Lewis (1843-1926) was a biblical scholar credited with the discovery of a number of significant ancient manuscripts. This text is the transcription and translation of a Syriac manuscript acquired by her in 1895.
Her and her twin sister Margaret Gibson (1843-1920) were pioneering biblical scholars who became experts in a number of ancient languages. Travelling widely in the Middle East, they made several significant discoveries, including one of the earliest manuscripts of the Four Gospels in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, the language probably spoken by Jesus himself.
First published in 1902 as part of the Studia Sinaitica, this text is transcribed and translated by Lewis from a Syriac manuscript she acquired in Suez in 1895. As well as featuring pages of the Septaguint and the Peshitta Gospels, the palimpsest includes some Arabic pages including a very early version of the Qur'an (estimated by Lewis as seventh-century).
Illustrated with 8 double-leaf photographic plates of the various texts, this book is a valuable resource for scholars of Syriac, but also of interest for historians of Christianity and Early Islam. (From the Preface of the 2012 reprint).
Spine rubbed along edges. Ex-library copy, with bookplate on inside of front cover, stamp on inside of front wrap, at upper and lower paper edges, and pocket on inside of back cover. Binding in overall good, wrappers and interior in good+ to very good condition. g to vg. Item #43759