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Egyptian

In comparison with later periods, the collection of Ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts is relatively small. Apart from the single roll containing the Love Poems and other texts from Deir el-Medina, the remaining manuscripts are largely a collection of miscellaneous funerary or business texts from 1800 BC to the Roman period. 

The earliest items - a number of fragmentary Lahun documents - have been dated to 1800 BC and there are several books of the dead (tenth/ninth century BC to first century AD), but most are in a fragmentary state except for the Book of the Dead of the Lady Neskons (c. 300 BC). Other documents include accounts, contracts and registrations.

Publications 

Gardiner, Alan H. (1931) The Library of A. Chester Beatty: Description of a Hieratic Papyrus with a Mythological Story, Love-Songs and other Miscellaneous Texts. The Chester Beatty Papyri No. 1 

Gardiner (1935) Hieratic Papyri in the British Museum. Third Series: Chester Beatty Gift, London: British Museum.