OSIRIS AND THE EGYPTIAN RESURRECTION.
OSIRIS AND THE EGYPTIAN RESURRECTION.

OSIRIS AND THE EGYPTIAN RESURRECTION.

(London: The Medici Society Ltd., 1911).

SCARCE FIRST EDITIONS, such nice sets have become very difficult to find. “In this work by Dr. Budge, the author attempts to investigate the history of Osiris and the dogma of resurrection in Ancient Egypt. As Dr. Frazer found in ‘The Golden Bough’ the central point for incomparable studies of Religions and myths, so---taking Osiris as the centre of religion of Egypt---this investigation assumes the form of a history of the beliefs in heaven and hell, of African eschatology, and a description of the other world. The cult of Osiris is African from beginning to end, a thesis readily proved by the statements concerning the religion of the modern African peoples made by travellers who have lived in Africa during the last three centuries. The modern people could not borrow from Egypt for ancient Egypt died 2000 years ago. As these religious beliefs are identical with those of the ancient Egyptians, it seems to follow that they are so because they are the product of the indigenous African mind. Dr. Budge, therefore, tries to explain, by the beliefs of the modern African, the old African cult of the spirit ancestor who took upon himself flesh, lived and died on earth, and rose from the dead. In this work---it is believed for the first time---the facts embodied by the Pyramid Texts, written B.C. 3500, are used in a connected fashion, with special application to the rise and growth of the cult of Osiris. In all important passages, the original text is given. Reference to, and comparison with, modern Christian beliefs is carefully avoided; no deductions are drawn, and the Author has taken care not to offend the susceptibilities of any Believer” [from publisher]. Item #70024

2 volumes. First Edition. With 200 illustrations after drawings from Egyptian papyri and monuments, including 4 plates in collotype, and frontispieces in colour. Royal, thick 8vo, publisher’s original red cloth, spines lettered in gilt and blind with blind vignettes, upper covers lettered in blind with blind stamped pictorial vignettes. xxxv, 404; viii, 440, including index. A very well preserved and handsome set, the red cloth in excellent condition and without the usual mellowing, internally fine, with just a little spotting to the prelims as usual. An excellent set of this important work.

Price: $895.00