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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Reprint edition (June 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811864898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811864893
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 9.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Book of the Dead is a collection of writings that were placed in tombs as a means of guiding the ancient Egyptian soul on its journey to the afterlife. The Papyrus of Ani, which is reproduced here, is one of the most important and beautiful of the surviving papyri. Damage in the 19th century seriously confused its sequencing and the relationship between text and illustrations. Here for the first time the scroll is presented in its proper sequence and in its entirety. The English text is placed immediately underneath the corresponding hieroglyphs, and the reproductions are faithful to the originals in all their glowing color. A critical purchase for any serious collection of materials on ancient Egypt.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead is a remarkable volume. It is based on the Papyrus of Ani, which, with the exception of the Rosetta Stone, is the most famous Egyptian object in the collections of the British Museum. Its fame is due in no small part to the quality of the illustrated vignettes that rank among the masterpieces of ancient Egyptian painting. . . I, for one, would hope that readers will henceforth refrain from relying on Budge\'s outdated editions and turn to this volume instead. The price, under $25 dollars paperback; the quality of the large-format plates, several of which include foldouts; the authoritative translation based on that of R.O. Faulkner, which is considered in the opinion of many experts to be one of the best translations, and commentary by Ogden Goelet make this book a must for all libraries.

The Papyrus of Ani -- The Book of Going Forth by Day, created around 1250 B.C.E., is the best surviving example of some 200 texts comprising the funerary scrolls that accompanied deceased Egyptians into the afterlife. The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day presents the complete papyrus, photographed from an 1890 facsimile edition, with an English translation by the late Raymond O. Faulkner.

This magnificent book is the first complete presentation of the Papyrus of Ani, featuring graphics that reveal beautifully the texture of the original papyrus, coupled with the translated text. The original papyrus, on its discovery, was cut into sections for transport. The careless cutting of uneducated workers left the manuscript almost indecipherable, and to date only sections of it have been made available to the public. Computer imaging allowed the papyrus to be pieced into its original state, and a faithful translation was then possible. This document is precious not only for its historic significance, but also for its glimpse into the ancient Egyptian religion and its teachings about the passage from life to death. Commentaries and other notes make this work even more accessible. A spectacularly beautiful work of devotion.

About the Author

Carol Andrews is a former curator of the Deapartment of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum.

James Wasserman is an author and book designer whose innovative vision shaped this unique book.

Dr. Ogden Goelet is a professor of Egyptian Language and Culture at New York University.

Dr. Raymond Faulkner (1894-1982) was a renowned British Egyptologist, the translator of many key Egyptological texts, and author of numerous scholarly publications.

More About the Author

James Wasserman is a lifelong student of religion and spiritual development. His writings and editorial efforts maintain a focus on spirituality, creative mythology, secret societies, history, religion, and politics. He is a passionate advocate of individual liberty. An admirer of the teachings of Aleister Crowley, he has played a key role in numerous seminal publications of the Crowley literary corpus. A book designer by trade, Jim is the owner of Studio 31. He is married with two children.

He has recently provided a window into the creation of his benchmark edition of the Papyrus of Ani--The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day. Please visit the link below for A Treasure of Antiquity Reborn:

In 2009, he participated in an address to the National Press Club with Brother Akram Elias. The occasion was the publication of Dan Brown's book The Lost Symbol. Jim's portion of the talk may be found on Youtube. In it, he expresses both the truths of esoteric symbolism and the beauty of America's Masonic heritage.

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Customer Reviews

The pictures and translations are beautiful.
This is an excellant book .I am very pleased with it.
Elbert A. Silotto
If I haven't mentioned it before, get this book.
Michael Carl Eaton

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By D. Charles Pyle on November 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I own a copy of the prior edition of the book but having glanced over this one it appears to be virtually the same. This text is an excellent addition to one's library, particularly if one is interested in such things or even slightly curious.

I love its arrangement but a number of the images have been so computerized that they almost look cartoonish. While a book of pictures and text is no substitute for the originals, this is about as close as one can get for the price.

And, the price is not bad. The great thing is that those readers who cannot read Egyptian will find in this text a window to ancient Egypt. Even for those who can read the text for themselves without the English translation will find this work of use in beefing up their skills in reading Egyptian due to the fact that most of the images are so clear as to allow actual reading of the Egyptian text from the photos and then checking their work by the translation below.

But, beware! The English text does not match up with the Egyptian text in all places. Faulkner's English translation of an "ideal text" concatinated from a number of texts as the result of textual criticism is what is used in the book throughout. This "ideal text" does not, of course, really exist and so there are places where there will be no English translation representing parts of the Egyptian text and other places where there will be English translation for which there is no Egyptian text.

Yes, there will be differences of opinion in how certain of the passages have been rendered, and certainly we know more about the language than was known at the time this volume was originally released.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ian M. Slater TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Back in September 2003 I reviewed a previous edition of this volume as one of my earliest reviews; it is one of twenty-six still appearing there. For those who want a wider variety of opinions, it may be useful to check them -- use the James Wasserman Amazon page to locate the edition.

If you do check it out, you can probably skip my review there, since I am providing an edited, and, I hope, improved version here. (Or at least more up-to-date on available editions and translations.)

It seems to me that it would be helpful to make a few things clear to those not familiar with the Egyptian "mortuary literature" (the Pyramid Texts, the Coffin Texts, the Book of Coming Forth By Day, and various "Books of What is in the Netherworld"). "The Book of Going Forth By Day," otherwise known as "The Book of the Dead" is not, as some reviewers have called it, a (not very good) encyclopedia of Egyptian life. Nor is it a compendium of mythology (the narrative content is remarkably small). Nor is it (an early but durable misconception) "the Egyptian Bible".

The name applies to a number of collections of spells, prayers, hymns, and instructions (the contents varying from copy to copy, and over time), which were included in tombs. They were intended to assist the deceased in achieving a happy existence (and avoiding destruction) in the afterlife. The contents are, in this context, quite utilitarian. Some copies include bits and pieces of the Old Kingdom Pyramid Texts, and some of the core "Chapters" (or "Spells") can be found as Middle Kingdom Coffin Texts.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Questions'Searcher on September 18, 2008
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The edition is extraordinary. The images reproducing the original documents are so accurate and of such a fine quality that the book is worth buying just for the illustrations, and because of the way it presents itself it truly makes a special gift, always appreciated and impressive. In regards to the historical, scientific and spiritual value of the document itself, I need to study more to be able to tell. I have no doubt this study will be enriching and valuable beyond my expectations, and the effort necessary to penetrate its message, will pay off enormously in seeing more about myself.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Carl Eaton on January 23, 2010
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If you have never before seen or read any version of the Egyptian Book of the Dead (more properly called The Book of Going Forth By Day) -- even if you have -- this is the version which you must have. The translation by Dr. Raymond Faulkner is both clear and lyrical. The illustrations taken from the original papyrus are magnificent and beautifully enhance our understanding of the text. A warning however: If you leave this book on your coffee table, your visitors may become too involved looking through it to be bothered with you. But, the coffee table is a good place for this book because it should be somewhere where you and any other inhabitants of your abode can easily get to it. The other reviewers of the book have adequately described its contents, so all I want to do is urge you to get the book and enjoy it. If you ever thought that ancient history was boring -- an attitude which you might have acquired in school -- then you are in for a very pleasing surprise. Old fables, old traditions, old thought, and old wisdom can bring a new birth of curiosity and new horizons for you. If I haven't mentioned it before, get this book.
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