Contents and Arrangement

Princeton Ethiopic Manuscript No. 24: Book of Missal (Mäshafä Qəddase), 1939-1945


Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Illustration: Fol. 41v: Häräg.

Fol. 1v. Pen trial, scrawls.

Illustration: Fols. 2rv: Seal of the Anaphora (host bread) ink and pencil drawing, with illegible text in pencil and some scrawls.

Fols. 19rv, 23v, 29r: Bishop Yohannəs [1939-1945 EC] is mentioned.

Fol. 37v: Bishop Qerəlos [1926-1950 EC] is mentioned.

Fols. 20v, 37r: King Iyassu [1913-1916 EC] is mentioned.

Fol. 50v: King Mənilək [1889-1913 EC] is mentioned.

Fols. 40v, 41v, 42r, 58v-62v: With musical notation.

No owner listed.

No scribe listed.


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.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Princeton Ethiopic Manuscript No. 24: Book of Missal (Mäshafä Qəddase); Princeton Ethiopic Manuscripts, C0776, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

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: Daoud-Mersie, Liturgy. For a detailed discussion, see Ernst Hammerschmidt, Studies in the Ethiopic Anaphoras, second revised edition, (Stuttgart 1987); Encyclopedia Aethiopica, vol. 1, p. 251-253.