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Or. 3. The legend of Susenyos.

Parchment (2 pieces). Roll 1410 x 105mm. Probably 19th century. The text, in Ge'ez, comprises the legend of Susenyos, a pseudo-magical text used to protect against women's problems and infant mortality and illness. The owner's name is given as Amätä Maryam. Written in black and red ink and decorated with two coloured pictures. The text is worn in places. Given by Marcus Werner (BA 2005), July 2008.


    Vellum, 11.9 x 8.1, ff. 62 + 2, double columns of 31 lines.  Late 15th cent., in a clear black hand.

    Binding, rough skin on boards, clasps gone.

Browne 1440. An Ethiopian magic scroll.

Parchment (3 pieces). Roll 1700 x 75mm. Late 19th to early 20th century.

The text comprises a prayer for binding demons and for protection from various evil spirits.

Written in black and red ink and decorated (including a picture of a winged angel carrying a sword).


    Vellum, 13.1 x 9, ff. 307 + 1, double columns of 50 lines.  14th cent., in a fine round hand influenced by Italian script, but English.  2 fo. qui enim.

     Donor, T. C. S.

Browne 1443. A decorative roll in Arabic written by Edward Henry Palmer.

Paper (15 pieces). Roll 5750 x 290mm.

Written in blue.

Browne 1442 (formerly Aa.2.24). Arabic verse and prose translation of Moore's Peri and Paradise by Edward Henry Palmer.


Paper. 215 x 140mm. 20 fos.

Quarter binding of black leather and marbled paper.

The original manuscript of a translation into Arabic verse of Moore's Peri and Paradise from Lalla Rookh begun by Prof. E.H. Palmer. See Walter Besant's The life and achievements of Edward Henry Palmer (London, 1883) pp.39 and 62, where it is spoken of as existing in 1863, when Palmer was only 23 years of age.


    Vellum, 15 x 10.5,  ff. 201+ 2, double columns of 45 lines.  12th cent., finely written.

    Binding, vellum on flat wooden boards:  clasps and metal bosses (8) gone.

Browne 1439. An Arabic hama'il.

Paper. Roll 3850 x 70mm.

Written in black, red, blue, orange and gold.

An Arabic hama'il, or talisman for wearing as a belt, containing the names of the Twelve Imams.

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