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 second volume of Mashafa Madbal or Mysteries of the Times (OR 791)

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: An 18th century Ethiopian manuscript containing the second volume of Mashafa Madbal, that is, the Mest’ira Zaman Sadis, or ” Mystery of the New Time,” as opposed to vol. I., Mest’ira Zaman Beluy. It has 351 illustrations, some of them unfinished and in outline. See often Christ’s face left to last. Paired with OR 790 which has Volume 1.

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

Ref: OR 791
Digital version –

Stamped on 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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