London / New York: Philip Lee Warner / G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1913. American edition, Putnam on spineputnam. Hardcover. Quarto. vi, (1) 337 (1), viii, 339-704 (1)pp. (1) 37 plates. Original blue cloth with gilt illustrations and lettering on covers and spines. Gilt top edge. Title pages with publisher's device and blue initial. The Papyrus of Ani, scribe and treasurer of the Temples of Egypt, About B. C. 1450. The Egyptian text with interlinear transliteration and translation, a running translation, introduction, etc. True first edition. In volume one pages 331-337 contains a list of hymns and chapters in Hieroglyphics. Volume two contains index from pages 665-704. Volume three with thirty-seven chromolithographic plates.
The Papyrus of Ani, which was acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum in the year 1888, is the largest, the most perfect, and the best illuminated of all the papyri containing copies of the Theban Recension of the Book of the Dead. Its rare vignettes, hymns and chapters, and its descriptive 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 exhausted rapidly. A second edition of the Facsimile appeared in 1894, and a few months later the Trustees issued a stout quarto volume containing a detailed description of the Papyrus, an English translation with notes, and a general introduction...
[since previous editions] are now practically exhausted, the Trustees of the British Museum were asked to sanction the issue of the present edition. This they have done, and they have also permitted the use of the black and white vignettes which appeared in the text volume, and the reprinting of any sections which were necessary..." (Preface). Beautifully illustrated in thirty-seven threefold plates rendered in color. Text in Hieroglyph and English. Bindings lightly rubbed and blocks lightly age-toned. Very good condition. Item #50920