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Princeton Ethiopic Manuscript No. 1: Psalter. Dawit, 1800s
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
An incomplete Psalter. The usual books Gate of Light and Praise of Mary are missing, except for the first page from Praise of Mary, of the Monday section (135v), and a few pages from the Thursday section (1r-2v).
Fols. 2v, 3r, 4r, 69v, 70r, passim: Upper and lower margin scrawls in crude hand on many folios.
Fols. 70r-74r: Psalm 86, 87, 88, 89 numbered as 76, 77, 78, 79.
No owner listed.
No scribe listed.
No musical notation.
Arranged in manuscript number order, by accession. Numbers 29 and 67-71 are unassigned.
This cataloging project was made possible through generous support from the David A. Gardner '69 Magic Project, Princeton University.
- Processing Information
The present finding aid was prepared in June-July 2009 by Kesis Melaku Terefe , Virgin Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church in Los Angeles, with assistance of Prof. Wendy Laura Belcher , Department of Comparative Literature and Center for African American Studies, Princeton University. This cataloging project was made possible through generous support from the David A. Gardner '69 Magic Project, Princeton University.
In 2022, restrictions on manuscripts No. 54, 57, and 65 were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.
In 2022, manuscripts nos. 86-95 were added to the collection.
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This collection is open for research use.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
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Princeton Ethiopic Manuscript No. 1: Psalter. Dawit; Princeton Ethiopic Manuscripts, C0776, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
References: For a full discussion of the Ethiopic Psalter, see the "Dawit" entry in Encyclopedia Aethiopica , vol. 1, pp.278-279. For a print Ge'ez version of Dawit, see Mäzmurä Dawit, Bərhanənna Sälam Press, Addis Ababa, 1959 EC. For information on the individual books of Dawit, see the following. Regarding the Song of Songs, see H. C. Gleave, The Ethiopic Version of the Song of Songs , London 1951. Regarding the Praise of Mary and Gate of Light, see Karl Fries, Weddâsê Mârjâm. Ein äthiopischer Lobgesang an Maria , Uppsala, 1892; Bernard Velat, Etudes sur le Me'eraf (Paris: 1966), vol. 1, pp. 76–91; vol. 2, pp. 284–96; E. A. Wallis Budge, Legend of Our Lady Mary the Perpetual Virgin and Her Mother Hannâ , Oxford, 1933, pp. 279–96; Christopher Lash, "Gate of Light An Ethiopian Hymn to the Blessed Virgin," Eastern Church Review 4, 1972,36-46; 5, 1973, 143-56.