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'Fac-simile of an ancient Greek Inscription on a gold plate...'

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MS. Add. E. 2
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'Fac-simile of an ancient Greek Inscription on a gold plate fou[nd in the] ruins of ... Canopus between Alexandria and Rosetta [and sent] by Mehemet Aly Basha ... as a present to Sir Sidney Smith.' The facsimile is on gilt paper, 2 1/4 × 6 3/4 in., and is accompanied by a copy of Henry Salt's letter forwarding the original to sir S. Smith, Oct. 2, 1818, a translation of the inscription (to the effect that king Ptolemy Euergetes I [B.C. 247-222] and queen Berenice dedicate a temple to Osiris), and an account of the original. The Inscription is no. 4694 in Boeckh's C. I. G., and is now in the British Museum.


  • Creation: Written about A.D. 1820 (?)


1 roll

Language of Materials

  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. E. 2, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Add. E. 2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20327


'Fac-simile of an ancient Greek Inscription on a gold plate...'

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 30313

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired before 1884, probably many years before.

Physical Facet

On paper


20 × 15 in. a roll with wooden cornice at top and wooden roller at foot, backed with canvas, in a cardboard box 2 1/2 × 2 5/8 × 15 1/8 in.

'Fac-simile of an ancient Greek Inscription on a gold plate...'
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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