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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If someone is interested, Ithink it would be more important to him to know the date of the publication and the number of the edition. The year of buying is probably less of interest in this context...
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There seems to be published variations of the black book version of The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. One of them was published in the year 2005, and then the other in 2011. They vary significantly in the way they are translated and illustrations contained.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The original translation of the spells is ...

Raymond Oliver Faulkner : The Book of the Dead - A Collection of Spells. - [Edited and Translated From Papyri in the British Museum]. - New York : Printed for Members of the Limited Editions Club, 1972. - Vol. I: The Texts: XXV + 157 p. - Vol. II: The Plates: continuous colour photographic facsimile.

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With the exception of Spell 78, for which a translation published by the late Professor A. de Buck in the JEA 35 has been reproduced, the author has made his own translations. The only Spells not translated are those which virtually duplicate others, of which he gives translations, a small number which are too corrupt to yield intelligible renderings, Spells 162-165 which are later in the date of their composition than the Theban Recension of the Book of the Dead, and a further four Spells which the translator judged to be of no interest except to the professional scholar. A few Spells which had been numbered twice by nineteenth century Egyptologists have been allotted the numbers by which they are now usually designated. A five-page Glossary provides explanations and geographical details of technical words and place names.

The volume of plates is arranged as a continuous, folded sheet sixteen feet five inches in length. It consists of colour photographs of vignettes and the accompanying texts from the papyrus of Ani in the British Museum and brief descriptions of the scenes.

The book has been produced in a limited edition of 1,500 copies for the members of the Limited Editions Club


Carol Andrews used Faulkner`s translation, but gives also some newly translated spells, not included in his book from 1972...

Raymond Oliver Faulkner : The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. - [Edited by Carol Andrews]. - London : Published for the Trustees of the British Museum by British Museum Publications, 1985. - 192 p., colour and black-and-white ill. - ISBN : 0-7141-0938-X.

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This revised edition was originally published in 1972 for the Limited Editions Club, New York, in a different form (AEB 72.0222). In the preface T.G.H. James points out that the vignettes are taken from the various fine B.D. papyri in the British Museum. The texts, however, are largely translated from the British Museum B.D. of Ani. Some spells not included in the Theban Recension were newly translated for the present edition by C.A.R. Andrews and are illustrated by interesting vignettes from Late Period Papyri. A small number of other details on this publication are given, too. Faulkner's explanation on the basis of his translation is quoted literally. After a source list of the illustrations taken from altogether 24 papyri Carol Andrews presents an introduction to the B.D. The translation is headed by the introductory hymns to the sun-god Re and to Osiris, and spell 30b (the judgment of the Dead) and spell 125 (the declaration of innocence). The other spells are presented in their numerical order (1-189); not included were the spells 16, 18, 19, 48, 49, 51, 52, 60, 64, 73, 107, 111, 116, 120, 121, 129, 139, 142, 143, 145, 147 and 184. The descriptions of the accompanying scenes are given in capitals; the rubrics in italics. Captions with descriptions of the scenes accompany the vignettes. The pertinent illustrations to the spells are indicated. Glossary added.
Rev.: Popular Archaeology 7, No. 7 (August 1986), 35 (Anonymous).


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The Egyptian Book of the Dead - The Book of Going forth by Day, being the Papyrus of Ani (Royal Scribe of Divine Offerings). - [Written and illustrated circa 1250 B.C.E., by scribes and artists unknown, including the balance of chapters of the Book of the Dead known as the Theban recension, compiled from ancient texts, dating back to the roots of Egyptian civilization, translated by Raymond O. Faulkner, with additional translations and a commentary by Ogden Goelet, Jr., with color illustrations from the facsimile volume produced in 1890 under the supervision of E.A. Wallis Budge, introduced by Carol A.R. Andrews, edited by Eva Von Dassow, in an edition by James Wassermann]. - San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1994. - 176 p., colour ill. - ISBN : 0-8118-0792-4 / 0-8118-0767-3 (pbk).

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This book reproduces the facsimile plates of Budge's 1890 edition of the papyrus of Ani along with a translation. A Foreword by James Wasserman and a Preface by Carol A.R. Andrews are followed by an Introduction by Ogden Goelet. The main part of the book consists of Budge's facsimile plates with translations of the corresponding texts taken from Faulkner's translation of the B.D. (see AEB 72222 and 85.0463). Where necessary this is supplemented by translations by Goelet. The next section presents Faulkner's translation of the chapters which do not appear in the papyrus of Ani. This is followed by a Commentary by Goelet, consisting of two parts: an explanation of the aspects of Egyptian religion which apply to the B.D., and a running commentary on the text and vignettes of the Ani papyrus.

At the end of the book there is a selected bibliography and a glossary of common terms and concepts.


There exist various new editions of the books from 1985 and 1994, reprinted or revised by various publishers and Egyptologists. Therefore, it is very important to specify as precisely as possible to which you relate with a statement... For example, the ISBN number would be a definite specification (better in conjunction with the publication year and the edition number).
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Lutz, what do you think about The Book of the Dead by Budge?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To Budge, Neseret has repeatedly expressed herself in great detail, among others: HERE.

I can not add much to her competent assessment, just agree ... And perhaps still give a quote from the movie "Stargate" : "The translation is according to Budge? I do not know why he is still used... !" (Daniel Jackson).

Greetings, Lutz.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Lutz. I seem to be wanting to do some research into the rosetta stone, since how the first egyptologists translated the language is to me fascinating and mysterious. It doesn't seem like there is a lot of writing on the rosetta stone. This could lead to different word interpretations. It is interesting and baffling to me that the writing could be translated so differently. I have one of Budge's works, and there is a hieroglyphic plate above the english, which shows his translation, albeit, as Neseret points out, outdated, rushed, and flawed. Still for many it appears to be a viable translation.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dzama923 wrote:
... Still for many it appears to be a viable translation.

Which changes nothing in the general assessment of Budge by modern Egyptology ...


John Ray : The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt. - London : Profile Books Ltd, 2007. - ISBN : 9780674063945. - 208 p.

Jonathan Downs : Discovery at Rosetta - The Stone that Unlocked the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt. - London : Constable, 2008. - ISBN : 9781845295790. - XXV, 262 p., 8 p. of pls, ill.
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In this book the author provides a narrative history of the Rosetta Stone (BM EA 24). He briefly recounts the historical background to the find - the Egyptian campaign by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Battle of the Pyramids, and the naval Battle of the Nile - and the endeavours of the scholars who accompanied the expedition, before detailing the circumstances in which the stone was discovered during renovations in the fortress of Saint Julien, el-Rashid (Rosetta), by Lieutenant Pierre Bouchard. The author then relates how news of the stone, with its hieroglyphic, Demotic, and Greek inscriptions, became known in Europe, and its acquisition for Britain by Edward Clarke and John Cripps from the collection of General Jacques-François Menou at the urging of General Sir John Hely-Hutchinson, the commander-in-chief of Anglo-Turkish forces in Egypt. He goes on to detail the efforts of numerous scholars, most notably Thomas Young who had access to the stone, and Jean- François Champollion working from copies, to translate the hieroglyphic text. Finally, he briefly addresses current calls for the stone to be returned to Egypt.


The British Museum - Collection Online - The Rosetta Stone (EA 24) (with extensive list of literature, also to translations). Photograph (2.5 MB).

Greetings, Lutz.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And currently available as a special offer at "Oxbow-Books" ...

Jean-Francois Champollion : Code-Breaker's Secret Diaries. - ISBN : 9781903933831. - London : Gibson Square, 2001. - 284 p. - [Language : English]. - Special Price: £3.95.

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This book contains the letters and diaries of Champollion, whose work deciphering the Rosetta Stone paved the way for a huge upsurge in interest in the world of the ancient Egyptians. Armed with the knowledge recently obtained by the Napoleonic survey of Egypt and Champollion's new understanding of hieroglyphics, this book tells of his expedition to Egypt between May 1828 and March 1830, in his own words. The third edition has a new introduction by Richard Lebeau and a new preface by Joyce Tyldesley.

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