Contents and Arrangement

Princeton Ethiopic Manuscript No. 18: Psalter. Dawit, late 18th century

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Loose folio, a letter that starts without salutation but with a dateline, "Princeton Nov 29 1940," and then states that the book was "Brought from Abyssinia by Professor Littmann and given to me—about 1910. ... Littman said it had recently belonged to a monk and had been in daily use. I now give it to the Epigraphical Museum." It is signed by "Wm. K. Prentice," the professor of classics at Princeton who went on expedition with Enno Littmann to Syria in 1899.

Loose folio, an inter-office library memo, giving the provenance and stating that the manuscript was a gift to the library by William K. Prentice in 13 April 1951.

Loose folio, a card created by the library about the manuscript from information in the other loose folios.

fol. 1r: In Latin script "Ethiopic Psalter and Biblical Hymns bought by Enno Littman in Jerusalem, January 1900." In Littman's hand?

Fols. 9v-10r: Pen trial in Arabic and Ge'ez characters.

The scribe used "räqiq" (small) script.

No owner listed.

No scribe listed.

No miniatures.


Arranged in manuscript number order, by accession. Numbers 29 and 67-71 are unassigned.

Collection History


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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Credit this material:

Princeton Ethiopic Manuscript No. 18: Psalter. Dawit; Princeton Ethiopic Manuscripts, C0776, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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In addition to Princeton Ethiopic codices, the Library also has a collection entitled Garrett Ethiopic Manuscripts (C0744.03), gift of Robert Garrett (Princeton Class of 1897). There is one Ethiopic manuscript in The Scheide Library (Manuscript 119).

The Library also has three substantial collections of Ethiopic magic scrolls . Professor David Appleyard, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, compiled the online checklist of these scrolls, with support from the David A. Gardner '69 Magic Project, Princeton University.


References: See references listed in manuscript no. 1.