Ethiopian Scribal Practice 1: Plates for the Catalogue of the Ethiopic Manuscript Imaging Project

By Steve Delamarter and Melaku Terefe (editors)

An annotated collection of colour plates revealing fascinating detail about Ethiopian manuscripts and scribal practice.

ISBN: 9780227173510


The series Ethiopic Manuscripts, Texts, and Studies offers, in the first place, catalogues of the Ethiopic Manuscript Imaging Project, whose purpose it is to digitize and catalogue collections of Ethiopic manuscripts in North America and around the world. Beyond this, though, the series offers a venue for monographs, revised dissertations, and texts that explore the rich historical, literary, and artistic traditions of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
From the Series Foreword

This book is the companion to the Catalogue of the Ethiopic Manuscript Imaging Project, Volume 1: Codices 1-105, Magic Scrolls 1-134, and includes at least one colour plate for each of the 105 codices described in that volume.

However, this is far more than just a ‘plates volume’, but a work that expands upon and complements the analytical descriptions of its companion. The editors have selected images from the various codices that reveal a wealth of fascinating detail about Ethiopic manuscripts and scribal practice: cases, covers and coverings, the tooling of leather covers, the layout of text on the page, codex binding, content divisions, iconography and illuminations, the dating of manuscripts, marks of ownership, forged paintings, musical notation, marginal commentaries, and much else.

Along with its companion volume, Ethiopian Scribal Practice 1 constitutes an invaluable research tool for scholars and students in Ethiopian Studies.

Additional information

Dimensions 242 × 165 mm
Pages 204
Illustrations 116 colour plates

Trade Information JPOD

About the Author

Steve Delamarter teaches Old Testament at the seminary of George Fox University. With Ato Demeke Berhane, he has written A Catalogue of Previously Uncatalogued Ethiopic Manuscripts in England: Twenty-three Manuscripts in the Bodleian, Cambridge University and John Rylands University Libraries and in a Private Collection (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Kesis Melaku Terefe served the church in Ethiopia for several years in various positions in Awasa (southern Ethiopia) and Harrar (eastern Ethiopia). For the last seven years he has served as priest in the Virgin Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Los Angeles, California. He is in frequent demand, speaking in various churches throughout North America. He is also the cataloguer of the Wolf Leslau collection of Ethiopian manuscripts at the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA.


Series Foreword

Description and Analysis of Scribal Practices with Plates

List of the Manuscripts by EMIP and Owner Number
List of Dated or Datable Manuscripts by Date
List of Undated Manuscripts by Date
For Further Reading
Index of Scribal Practices


For descriptions of the codices shown in the Extract, please see the extracts for the companion volume, Catalogue of the Ethiopic Manuscript Imaging Project.

Endorsements and Reviews

… the catalogue and the companion volume mark an important step towards the establishing of a better standard of Ethiopic codicology, where quantitative evaluation comes to play a more central role …
Alessandro Bausi, in Aethiopica: International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies, 13 (2010)