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Abu Shaker’s Chronology (OR 813)

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What: An early 18th century copy of Abu Shaker’s Chronology. “On ff. 188 b and 189 is a list of officials, doing duty during each month, in a certain church. On ff. 190 b and 191 are deeds of the reigns of Takla Haimanot, Takla Giyorgis, and ‘lyasu, and inventories, in Amharic. A rudely written note on f. 190 b says that this manuscript belonged to king ‘lyasu (I.), the son of John. If so, it was written before A.D. 1706.”

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

Provenance: 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

Does not appear in British Library’s online catalogue or list of digitised manuscript

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