Butler. The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt (2 volume set) 1882
Butler. The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt (2 volume set) 1882
Butler. The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt (2 volume set) 1882
Butler. The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt (2 volume set) 1882
Butler. The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt (2 volume set) 1882
Butler. The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt (2 volume set) 1882
Butler. The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt (2 volume set) 1882
Butler. The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt (2 volume set) 1882

Butler. The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt (2 volume set) 1882

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Butler, Alfred J. The Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt (2 volume set). Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1882. First Edition. [7838]
 
Two volumes in cream linen cloth, red titles & coptic cross to fronts, spines now dark with illegible titles, 6 x 9 inches, beveled board edges, some fraying to the spine ends and corners. Some soil to bindings, inevitable with cream boards. Frontispieces, many illustrated plates, some folding. Errata slip to vol. II. Vol. I. - xx., 375, 32 pp. publisher's catalogue. Vol. II. - xii., 409 pp. Each volume has an index. Vol. II. has 17 pp. of manuscript notes by Roswell Dwight Hitchcock. Brief markings in pencil. Good. Hardcover.
 
Volume I. signed by Roswell D. Hitchcock (1817-1887), Congregational minister, college professor, president of Union Seminary (NY) and the author of the popular Hitchcock's Analysis of the Holy Bible. His handwritten notes on vol. ii. are observations mainly regarding ancient liturgies, customs, and church furnishings.

"The aim of this book is to make a systematic beginning upon a great subject - the Christian antiquities of Egypt. Few subjects of equal importance have been so singularly neglected. One writer admits that the Coptic Church is still 'the most remarkable monument of ancient Christianity'; another that it is 'the only living representative of the most venerable nation in all antiquity'; yet even the strength of this double claim has been powerless to create any working interest in the matter...Yet the Copts of to-day, whose very name is an echo of the word Egypt, trace back their lineage to the ancient Egyptians who built the pyramids, and the ancient tongue is spoken at every Coptic mass: the Copts were among the first to welcome the tidings of the gospel, to make a rule of life and worship, and to erect religious buildings: they have upheld the cross unwaveringly through ages of desperate persecution: and their ritual now is less changed than that of any other community in Christendom. All this surely is reason enough to recommend the subject to churchman, historian, or antiquarian." - Preface.

Alfred Joshua Butler (1850-1936), "English historian who was educated at Oxford, becoming a fellow of Brasenose College in 1877 and receiving his doctorate in 1902. He wrote a number of works on Egypt that spanned from the Coptic era to the medieval period, including his Ancient Coptic Churches of Egypt (Oxford, 1884) and the acclaimed The Arab Conquest of Egypt (Oxford, 1902)...Alfred J. Butler was a self-confessed 'friend of the Copts'. On them he wrote in 1911, '… having known the Copts for upwards of thirty years, I have the highest opinion of their capacity and their character'...But Butler’s main achievement for the Copts was in the field of scientific study. He was one of the great English gentlemen who through meticulous and hard research have done great services to the Copts." - copticliterature at wordpress.