Hanover and London: Published for Brandeis University Press by University Press of New England, 1988. Hardcover. Quarto. xviii, (1) 203pp. Original tan cloth with black hieroglyphs on cover, black lettering and publisher's device on spine. Frontispiece photograph.
"The translation with commentary and the photographs of the hymns to Isis in her temple at Philae, dating to the time of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (284-246 B.C.), are part of my "Studia Philensia," on which I have been working for some years; they are part of my photographic documentation and collation of the texts made during several seasons, especially during the time of the dismantling of the monuments at Philae in 1875-77. They are discussed here in order to place the study of some of the most important and the earliest hymns to Isis in a proper chronological and theological perspective, and to indicate briefly the character of the fundamental ideas of the Isiac theology at Philae." (Author).
The study is illustrated with twenty-four full page b/w photographs of the site, including frontispiece, and nine figures depicting the hieroglyphic hymns and a plan of the monuments in the central part of the island Philae. Contains list of plates and figures, abbreviated references at front. Notes, selected bibliography, general index and Egyptian, Greek and Latin indices at rear. Binding with minor wear along edges. Small faint stain on front and two minor blemishes on back cover. Binding in very good, interior in fine condition. Very good to fine condition. Item #48026