The Prince and the Plunder

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

An 18th century manuscript of the first volume of Mashafa Madbal or Mysteries of the Times (OR 790)

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What: An Ethiopian manuscript dated 1721-1730 containing the first volume of Mashafa Madbal, or “Collection of the Mysteries of the Times”, or Mest’ra Zaman, “The Mystery of Time”. It has 376 illustrations, some of them unfinished and outlined. Paired with OR 791 which has Volume 2.

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

Ref: OR 790
Digital version –

Stamped inside cover: “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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