Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. 3rd Printing. Hardcover. Two volumes (complete), quarto size, 1175 total pp. Fine / fine. Item #CNJL2279
From the web site of the Oxford University Press: "The Babylonian Gilgamesh epic is the oldest long poem in the world, with a history going back four thousand years. It tells the fascinating and moving story of Gilgamesh's heroic deeds and lonely quest for immortality. This book collects for the first time all the known sources in the original cuneiform, including many fragments never published before. The author's personal study of every available fragment has produced a definitive edition and translation, complete with comprehensive introductory chapters that place the poem and its hero in context."
___DESCRIPTION: Both volumes bound in full black textured paper over boards, gilt lettering and rules on the spines, a few photographs of cuneiform tablets, many more line drawings of such; quarto size (10" by 7"), pagination: Volume I, [i-v] vi-xxxvi, [1-3] 4-742; Volume II, [i-vi],  744-986 followed by 147 plates (the line drawings). In the publisher's dust jackets with illustration on the front panels of a "Neo-ssyrian cylinder seal depicting Gilgamesh and Enkidu despatching the Bull of Heaven", summary of the work on the back panels, the jackets are not clipped although there is no printed price.
___CONDITION: Volumes fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and the set is entirely free of prior owner markings. Dust jackets also fine, clean, the edges sharp and without wear. Other than a very light bump to the top corner of Volume I, the set is as new.
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