The Prince and the Plunder

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

Service book ‘bought at the tent door’ on the march back from Maqdala (Add. 3682) *

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: A service book with hymns and prayers arranged for the hours, including coloured images of: Daniel in the lion’s den, St. George and the dragon, Virgin and child with angels and a priest, Täklä Haymanot and the dragon, and the crucifixion.

Where: Cambridge University Library, West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DR

The library has scanned in the pages here –

Provenance: According to the catalogue page: William Simpson, an illustrator for the Illustrated London News, bought it from an Ethiopian during the Napier Expedition as the troops returned to Aden after the defeat of Tewodros II: “This book of Devotion, 350 or 400, years old, I bought from an Abyssinnian [sic], at the tent door, during the return march from Magdala, 1868”.

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