The Prince and the Plunder

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

A manuscript including ‘The Harp of Praise’, initially presented to Queen Victoria (OR 594)

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: A 17th century Ethiopian manuscript of Arganona Weddase “The Harp of Praise”, Weddase Maryam “Praise of Mary” and Weddase Amlak, initially presented to Queen Victoria

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

Ref: OR 594
Digital version –

On the opening page there is a note reading: “Presented by H.M. the Queen 21 January 1869”
Listed in William Wright’s Catalogue of the Ethiopic manuscripts in the British Museum acquired since the year 1847 as one of the “Magdala collection” manuscripts initially presented to Queen Victoria who then gave them to the British Museum.

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