Lot 28 of 429:
Ethiopian Coptic Bible with carrying case  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$240
$400 - $600

Ethiopian Coptic Bible, hand-written in the Ge’ez script, with leather traveling case




[mid 19th century?]


76 leaves, all but a few written on both sides in black ink. Approximately 14x10 cm (5½x4"), hand-stitched with original wooden boards, placed inside the original two-part sliding leather traveling case with leather ties.

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, perforations along fore-edge side of pages throughout, done during the book production process.

Lot Amendments

Normal wear to the carrying case, still sound; staining to leaves towards the back obliterating text in some instances, one leave with hole; still a nice example of this religious artifact.

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