Lot 4: Miniature Ethiopian Coptic Bible
24th August 2017
Heading: Bible - Coptic. Title: Ethiopian Coptic Bible, hand-written in the Ge’ez script. Place Published: Ethiopia. Date Published: [mid 19th century?]. Description: 23 vellum leaves, neatly hand-written text in black and red ink. 2 additional blank leaves at front and rear. 65x45 mm, hand-stitched thick wooden boards. Custom leather case. Written in the Ethiopic (Ge‘ez) script, a Semitic language that is no longer spoken, but is still used for liturgical and other religious purposes by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. The subjects of these "Bibles" are always Christian, but actual content varies. Shows a nice patina of age and usage. The previous owner‘s note on the box identifies the volume as coming from St. Stephen‘s Monastery, Lake Tana, Ethiopia. Condition: Case and book lightly worn; old dampstaining within; very good.
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