The Prince and the Plunder

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

An 18th century book including the Life of Gabra Manfas Kedus and the Guba’e Malke hymns (OR 581)

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: An 18th Ethiopian manuscript of the Acts of Gabra Manfas Qedus, Malkeʾa gubāʾe and a note in Amharic, with sketched patterns on the opening and closing pages

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

Ref: OR 581
Digital version –

Stamped on the first page: “Presented by the Secretary of State for India Aug. 1868”
Listed as part of the “Magdala collection” in William Wright’s Catalogue of the Ethiopic manuscripts in the British Museum acquired since the year 1847

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