It was stolen from an Egyptian government storeroom in 1888 by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge, as described in his two-volume By Nile and Tigris, for the collection of the British Museum where it remains today. Before shipping the manuscript to England, Budge cut the seventy-eight foot scroll into thirty-seven sheets of nearly equal size, damaging the scroll's integrity at a time when technology had not yet allowed the pieces to be put back together.
^Budge, E.A. Wallis; Romer, John (2008). The Egyptian Book of the Dead. United States: Penguin Classics. p. xxxiii. ISBN9780140455502.
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