London: Oxford University Press, 1933. Early edition. Thick 12mo. (7 5/8 inches tall), original gilt and blindstamped blue cloth, original dust jacket. Spotting to top edge of nearly-fine book, mild toning to spine of lightly spotted dust jacket. A handsome copy. Item #795
THE LADY MEUX MANUSCRIPTS ILLUSTRATING POPULAR CHRISTIANITY IN ABYSSINIA Early edition of this fascinating portrait of Marian devotion on the remote periphery of the Christian world—illustrated with plates after the original paintings of the Ethiopian artists. Christianity came to Abyssinia in the fourth century, planting the seeds for a distinctive Ethiopian Orthodox Church emphasizing the intercessions and miracles of the Mother of Jesus. The Legends of Our Lady (1922), along with its companion volume, One Hundred and Ten Miracles of Our Lady (1923) are the fruit of Budge's labors to publish the Lady Meux MSS, acquired from the antiquarian book dealer Bernard Quaritch and privately published as The Miracles of the Virgin Mary in 1899. This so-called "Cheap Edition" was printed on fine laid paper and illustrated with all of the 64 black-and-white captioned plates from the 1923 first edition. With Budge's Note to the Present Cheap Edition (dated, "48 Bloomsbury Street/Bedford Square/London W.C. 1/May 31, 1933") and the original Preface ("British Museum, January 9, 1923").