London: Longmans & Co., 1895. First edition Ex-Library. Hardcover. Folio. clv, 377pp. Original three quarter green leather over green pebbled cloth with gilt ruling on covers, gilt lettering and ruling on spine, raised bands. Gilt top edge. Green endpapers. The Egyptian text with interlinear transliteration and translation, a running translation, introduction, etc. True first edition.
The Papyrus of Ani, which was acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum in the year 1888, is the largest, the most perfect, the best preserved, and the best illuminated of all the papyri which date from the second half of the XVIIIth dynasty (about B.C. 1500 to 1400). Its rare vignettes, and hymns, and chapter, and its descriptive introductory rubrics render it of unique importance for the study of the Book of the dead... The first edition of the Facsimile of the Papyrus was issued in 1890, and was accompanied by a valuable Introduction by Mr. Le Page Renour, then Keeper of the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities. But, in order to satisfy a widely expressed demand for a translation of the text, the present volume has been prepared to be issued with the second edition of the Facsimile..." (Preface).
Binding with light wear along edges, some light scuffing and small chips; lightly rubbed. Library plate and pocket on inside front cover. Six and a half by two inches cutout at top foredge of front free and paper. Starting at half-title. Some light foxing of first and last few pages with page xi with some light staining. Light foxing of edges. Binding in overall good, interior in good to very good condition. g to vg. Item #48796