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Ta'amra Maryam, 33 Miracles of the Virgin Mary and Document concerning a conciliation

Ta'amra Maryam, 33 Miracles of the Virgin Mary 1682-1706This combined manuscript went on a remarkable journey after it was taken by a British soldier at the siege of Maqdala. The soldier sold it, along with a number of other Maqdala papers, to London's Quaritch bookstore, a dealer in antique manuscripts. The British Museum looked into buying it but was in effect outbid by Lady Meux, a flambouyant figure in Victorian London, known for her collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts. She left it to the descendants of Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia, in her will. But on her death, it was sold to William Randolph Hearst, the notorious US newspaper magnate immortalised in the film Citizen Kane. After his death it was sold on again and ended up in the private collection of Martin Schøyen, based in Oslo and London.

Current location: The Schøyen manuscript collection - Oslo/London

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