|Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. cARTEm Publishers. EA Wallis Budge. Portrait by Travis Simpkins|
Early in 2020, I was contacted by Cartem Publishers in Spain and was asked to be a contributor to an edition of the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. Dr. Zahi Hawass (probably the most famous archaeologist in the world) was involved as well and he wrote the introduction. My work was to pay tribute to Sir E.A. Wallis Budge, former Keeper of Antiquities at the British Museum and translator of the most commonly published text of the Papyrus of Ani (Book of the Dead). I am proud to see the end result and am honored to have been invited. This project was organized in collaboration with the British Museum, which owns the papyrus. It was a pleasure to work with the editorial staff in Madrid. This large book, a study guide for the papyrus facsimile, turned out beautifully (hardcover, 7 lbs, 536 pages, 390 images). For those unfamiliar, the Book of the Dead consists of a corpus of incantations, magical words and spells, designed to assist the deceased on their journey through the Duat (underworld/afterlife). It is one of the most important texts of the ancient world.
The study guide book can be purchased here: