1906 The Life of Takla Haymanot The Miracles of Takla Haymanot The Book of the Riches of Kings
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Colour Plates, Illustrated, Very Scarce
A very scarce work.
Complete in two volumes.
A limited edition of 250 copies, this copy is out-of-series.
Volume I is illustrated with a colour frontispiece, and one-hundred and eleven colour plates.
Volume II is illustrated with fifty-three colour plates.
An important facsimile of an Ethiopian manuscript, discussing the life and teachings of Takla Haymanot. These manuscripts are revered by Ethiopians.
Tekle Haymanot was an Ethiopian saint and monk, founding the major monastery in Shewa. He is the only saint who is popular both in Ethiopia and outside the country, such as in churches in Rome and Egypt.
This work was printed for and dedicated to Valeria, Lady Meux, an important sociliatie of the Victorian era. She was a flamboyant and controversial figure who was never accepted by polite society of her husband's family, who was one of Britain's richest brewing dynasties, Meux's Brewery. Her parties were attended by the likes of Edward VII, then the Prince of Wales, and the young Winston Churchill. She was painted by noted artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler three times, the portraits being the first full-scale commissions Whistler had after the Ruskin trial.
Meux acquired five lavishly illustrated Ethiopic manuscripts. Once Meux discovered that these manuscripts were revered by the Ethiopians, she left them in her will to the Emperor Menelik. However, the courts set aside this provision in order to keep the manuscripts in Britain, and sold them to William Randolph Hearst of California.
Translated and produced by E. A. Wallis Budge.
'Life and Miracles' were originally written by Gabra Maskal.
Text and pagination to the recto of each leaf only.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally, smart, with light rubbing to the boards, extremities, and spines, a little heavier to the spines. Minor marks to the boards, a little heavier to the front board of Volume I. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean.
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