Illuminated Ethiopian ManuscriptReligious Coptic Manuscript with Original Paintings. 192 vellum leaves with black and red Coptic lettering applied by hand. Eighteen separate chapters defined by colorful illuminated headings as well as red and green thread tails at the fore-edge. Seven original Christian paintings on vellum, six preceding the text, and one at the rear. Bound in red morocco over wooden boards. Blind-tooled geometric patterns and crosses to boards. Some rubbing and wear to binding. Very good.
Fine example of Ethiopian style bookbinding, with wide turn-ins, wooden boards, chain stitching, and headbands ending in braided leather. "Ethiopian binding methods have continued unchanged from as early as the 13th century (the earliest known Ethiopian bindings) and probably since the 4th century when Christianity reached Ethiopia and brought it under Coptic influence. Ethiopian bindings are frequently cited in attempts to reconstruct Coptic binding methods" (Jane Greenfield, ABC of Bookbinding, p. 83).
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