Translation by Dr. Raymond O. Faulkner
The book also features the translation of the late Dr. Raymond O. Faulkner, completed in 1972, and acknowledged by scholars as the finest in English to date. Faulkner's translation has been augmented and updated by Dr. Ogden Goelet of New York University, who has also written an introduction and extensive commentary.
Recreating a Classic
Book designer Jim Wasserman tells how he discovered an ancient Egyptian illuminated papyrus and restored it for modern publication.
History Channel
Special Presentation


For millennia, the culture and philosophy of the ancient Egyptians have fascinated artists, historians, and spiritual seekers throughout the world. Now, this reissue of a Chronicle Books classic brings to light once more the legendary 3,500-year-old Papyrus of Ani--the most beautiful of the Egyptian funerary scrolls ever discovered. Restored to its original sequences, the elaborately bordered papyrus conveys its intended sense of motion and meaning in a way no other book on the subject can match. From mysticism and philosophy to anthropology and astronomy, this sumptuous volume will appeal to casual readers, serious scholars, and the generally inquisitive mind
About the Book of the Dead..
The Book of the Dead is a collection of writings that were placed in tombs as a means of guiding the ancient Egyptian soul on its journey to the afterlife. The Papyrus of Ani, which is reproduced here, is one of the most important and beautiful of the surviving papyri. Damage in the 19th century seriously confused its sequencing and the relationship between text and illustrations. Here for the first time the scroll is presented in its proper sequence and in its entirety. The English text is placed immediately underneath the corresponding hieroglyphs, and the reproductions are faithful to the originals in all their glowing color. A critical purchase for any serious collection of materials on ancient Egypt.

Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., ittsburgh
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead
The Book of Going Forth by Day

The First Authentic Presentation of the Complete Papyrus of Ani
Featuring integrated text and full-color images

Written and painted some 3500 years ago, The Papyrus of Ani is the most complete, ornate, and best-preserved example of Ancient Egyptian philosophical and religious thought. Presented here for the first time in its original form, with the hieroglyphic images matched to what has been acknowledged as the finest English translation of the text, The Egyptian Book of the Dead opens the door to one of humanity's earliest and finest spiritual treasures.

The Interactive online full color plates..

Welcome to the definitive Interactive Egyptian Book of the Dead online.
Please feel free to explore the interactive plates, that are now electronically prepared so that you may point at the hierglyphs for a full translation.