The Prince and the Plunder

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A manuscript of Nagara Maryam ‘The Story of Mary’, initially presented to Queen Victoria (OR 607)

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: A manuscript of Nagara Māryām “The Story of Mary”, dated 1730-1755, with 266 illustrations

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

Ref: OR 607
Digital version –

A handwritten note on the first page reads: “Pres. by H.M. the Queen 21 Jan 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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