The Book of the Dead is a collection of writings that were placed in tombs as a means of guiding the ancient Egyptian soul on its journey to the afterlife. The Papyrus of Ani, which is reproduced here, is one of the most important and beautiful of the surviving papyri.
This text is a translation of original Egyptian papyrii by noted Egyptologist Raymond Faulkner (see his biography for credentials, and take a look at the amazon link for an editin that uses computer manipulation in restoring the images).
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The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day
|The Limited Editions Club 1st Thus Hardcover edition, Date published 1972, 157 pages|
|Two cloth, quarto volumes in slipcase. Gilt decoration to covers, spines, contrasting cloth spine labels. Volume 1 is the text of a collection of spells edited and translated by Raymond O. Faulkner from the papyri in the British Museum. Volume 2 is the accompanying plates, taken from the Ani funerary papyrus of "The Book of the Dead," from the British Museum. A description of the scenes is on the verso of the flap inside the back cover. Slipcase is covered in thin brown paper reminiscent of papyrus, with ribbon to secure books.||
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