The Book of the Dead Papyrus of Ani, scribe and treasurer of the temples of Egypt, about B.C. 1450 – 1913, published by G P Putnams & Son’s London
Hard cover. A reproduction in facsimile, edited, with hieroglyphic transcript, translation and introduction by Budge. In two volumes; 37 folding coloured plates at end of volume, index, roy. 8vo, red cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt, included on front cover of both volumes is a lovely scene of Ancient Egyptian women mourners from a well known Theban tomb, in bas relief art deco style. Edges lightly worn, spines slightly marked, t.e.g., vol 1 lacking upper free endpaper, hinges cracking, some penciling and soiling throughout. Owners name on top left corner, inner hinge tender but serviceable. Vol 2, inner hinge has been repaired.
E.A Budge former keeper at the British Museum of Egyptian and Assyrian antiquities is arguably one of the most well known and most collected of all Egyptologists. Although his hieroglyphic translations of ancient documents are now a little out of date, they were indeed the first that were generally available and at a reasonable cost to every-day people. His books are always well presented and bound and are still of interest and in use by modern day Egyptologists.
These volumes detail much of the Book of the Dead known as the Amduat, which details the journey of the soul or Ka of the dead person through the 12 gates of the underworld. This volume has detailed hieroglyphics which can be used today in transliteration of these papyrii which you can still see in the British Museum in London.