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

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

Paperback Language: Egyptian / English

By (author) Raymond Faulkner

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  • Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 174 pages
  • Language: Egyptian / English
  • Dimensions: 244mm x 356mm x 14mm | 1,080g
  • Publication date: 2 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: California
  • ISBN 10: 0811864898
  • ISBN 13: 9780811864893
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 80 full colour illus
  • Sales rank: 76,563

Product description

For millennia, the culture and philosophy of the ancient Egyptians have fascinated artists, historians, and spiritual seekers throughout the world. This reissue of "The Egyptian Book of the Dead", a perennial favorite, features a newly designed cover. Inside, the legendary 3,500-year-old Papyrus of Ani - the most beautiful of the ornately illustrated Egyptian funerary scrolls ever discovered - is restored in its original sequences of text and artwork. Four exquisitely illustrated gatefold spreads and an acclaimed translation by two noted Egyptologists showcase the Papyrus' elaborately bordered images and convey its intended sense of motion and meaning. For scholars and enthusiasts interested in a wide range of topics - from mysticism and philosophy to anthropology and astronomy - this sumptuous and accessible new edition will be an essential acquisition.

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Author information

Carol Andrews is a former curator of the Deapartment of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum. James Wasserman is an author and book designer whose innovative vision shaped this unique book. Dr. Ogden Goelet is a professor of Egyptian Language and Culture at New York University. Dr. Raymond Faulkner (1894-1982) was a renowned British Egyptologist, the translator of many key Egyptological texts, and author of numerous scholarly publications.

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ROBERT S. BIANCHI, ARCHAEOLOGYThe 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 price, under $25 dollars paperback; 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.