The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day

The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day

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By (author) James Wasserman

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  • Publisher: Kws Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 244mm x 361mm x 18mm | 1,383g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago
  • ISBN 10: 0981773605
  • ISBN 13: 9780981773605
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 808,119

Product description

The ancient purpose of the funerary papyrus known as "Book of the Dead of Ani" was to guide the Egyptian soul to the afterlife, and the iconic text of the ancient culture is presented here for the first time as a single volume. The original is 78 feet in total length and 3,500 years old; this presentation contains the original facsimile edition from 1890. The hieroglyphic text and vignettes are juxtaposed with the English translation of each chapter on the same page that the Egyptian text occurs. The power, wisdom, and spiritual vision offered in its pages goes back to the spiritual and cultural roots of humanity. This beautiful artifact will be a prized possession for those interested in the world of ancient Egypt--and in the beginnings of civilization itself.

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James Wasserman is a graphic designer, an editor, and the author of "Illustrated History of the Knights Templar," "The Mystery Traditions: Secret Symbols and Sacred Art," and "The Temple of Solomon." He lives in New York City. Dr. Ogden Goelet is a professor of Egyptian language and culture at New York University. He lives in New York City. Carol Andrews is a former curator of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum. Dr. Raymond Faulkner was a renowned British Egyptologist, the translator of many key Egyptological texts, and author of numerous scholarly publications.

Review quote

""The Egyptian Book of the Dead" is a remarkable volume. It is based on the "Papyrus of Ani," which, with the exception of the Rosetta Stone, is the most famous Egyptian object in the collections of the British Museum. Its fame is due in no small part to the quality of the illustrated vignettes that rank among the masterpieces of ancient Egyptian painting. . . I, for one, would hope that readers will henceforth refrain from relying on Budge's outdated editions and turn to this volume instead. The quality of the large-format plates, several of which include foldouts; the authoritative translation based on that of R.O. Faulkner, which is considered in the opinion of many experts to be one of the best translations; and commentary by Ogden Goelet make this book a must for all libraries." --"Archaeology"