Add. 3682 (University Library, Cambridge University)
Prime, f. 6r; Terce, f. 11r; Sext, f. 13v; None, f. 16v; Vespers, f. 20r; Compline, f. 23v; Midnight, f. 27r
Prime, f. 60r; Terce, f. 61r; Sext, f. 61v; None, f. 64v; Vespers, f. 65v; Compline, f. 66r; Midnight, f. 66v
The gathering beginning at f. 71 is wrongly arranged; the text of f. 70v continues on f. 72r, col. 2; it then runs consecutively through vv. 72v to 78v, then goes to f. 71, ending on f. 72, col. 1.
17-20 lines per leaf
Various hands, mostly poor
- f. 4r Coloured picture of Daniel in the lion's den
- f. 4r Coloured picture of St. George and the dragon
- f. 4r Coloured picture of Virgin and child with angels and a priest
- f. 4r Colour picture of Täklä Haymanot and the dragon
- f. 95v Colour picture of the Crucifixion
Boards are partly covered with stamped leather. Has linen chemise with ‘tail’ that extends to cover the exposed edges of the text block. No endbands. Pictorial inserts at front and back – not original.
Loose paper slip with monogram of William Simpson
Provenance and Acquisition
The manuscript was purchased by William Simpson, an illustrator for the Illustrated London News and member of the 1868 Napier expedition to Magdala. According to a note on the inside front cover, William Simpson, , whose monogram is also included, obtained it from an Ethiopian as the troops returned to Aden after the defeat of Tewodros II: “This book of Devotion, 350 or 400, years old, I bought from an Abyssinnian [sic], at the tent door, during the return march from Magdala, 1868”. The seller may have been either Waldä Giyorgis or Śarḍa Māryām, both of whose names appear in the manuscript.
- bookhttp://zotero.org/users/local/VPTDBJud/items/2GNGMD9M Catalogue of Ethiopian manuscripts in the Cambridge University Library / by Edward Ullendorff and Stephen G. Wright ; with a contribution by D.A. Hubbard. Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1961
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