The Prince and the Plunder

A book on how Britain took one boy and piles of treasures from Ethiopia

A 17th century Psalter with two notes linking it to Maqdala (OR 12467)

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: An Ethiopian Psalter, finished on 6 November 1660, including a prayer for the dying, a fragment of the Miracles of the Virgin Mary containing five miracles, the Psalms and the Canticles of the Prophets of the Old and New Testaments. Two notes, one written the other inserted, link it to Maqdala.

Where: The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

Ref: OR 12467
Digital version –

f. 100v. In the left margin a note: “ This book was brought from Abyssinia by Mr. W. Edwards, Captain, Highland Transport Train. June 1868. A piece of paper (126 x 200 mm) has been stuck on to the inside of the back cover, containing on the recto and verso a description of the provenace of the manuscript “taken at Magdala by Captain William W. Edwards of Madras Cavalry, who held an appointment under Lord Napier”.

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