Boston: Marshall Jones Company, 1931. Item #02795
Ancient Semitic Mythology
Bound By Legendary Bindery
[SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders]. LANGDON, Stephen Herbert. The Mythology of All Races. Semitic. Volume V. Boston: Archaeological Institute of America - Marshall Jones Company, 1931.
First edition. Tall octavo (9 1/8 x 5 7/8 in; 233 x 150 mm). xx, , 454 pp. 102 black and white illustrations, some full page.
Bound and flexibly hand-sewn by Sangorski and Sutcliffe ca. 1931 (stamp-signed) in contemporary sienna-red crushed morocco with gilt-rolled borders and central pictorial medallion of multi-colored morocco onlays in the form of an ancient Assyrian king to upper board and Assyrian lamassu to lower board. Raised bands. Gilt-decorated compartments. Broad turn-ins with gilt rules and small corner-pieces enclose gilt-ruled, ebony morocco doublures. Ebony silk endleavesAll edges gilt and unusually and exquisitely gauffered with hand-painted highlights in color. A pristine copy and very fine.
The fifth volume in the acclaimed thirteen-volume series, Semitic Mythology was written by the noted British Assyriologist Stephen Herbert Langdon. Its contents include: Geography of Semitic-speaking peoples; The Sumero-Accadian Pantheon; The Legend of Etana and the Plant of Birth; The Myth of Adapa and Adam; The Sumerian Legends of Tagtug and Paradise; Legends of the Deluge; The Epic of Gilgamish; Legends of the Destruction of Men, or the Poem of Ea and Atarhasis; The Babylonian Epic of Creation and Similar Semitic Myths; The Descent of Ishtar to Arallu; Tammuz and Ishtar; The Devils, Demons, Good and Evil Spirits. Includes notes and bibliographies, as well as many illustrations.
Stephen Herbert Langdon (1876-1937) was an American-born British Assyriologist. Born to George Knowles and Abigail Hassinger Langdon in Monroe, Michigan, Langdon studied at the University of Michigan, participating in Phi Beta Kappa and earning an A. B. in 1898 and an A. M. in 1899. Following this he went to New York's Union Theological Seminary, graduating in 1903, and then on to Columbia University to obtain a Ph.D. in 1904. Langdon then became a fellow of Columbia in France (1904-1906), during which time he was ordained as a deacon of the Church of England (1905) in Paris. Subsequently he moved to Oxford University in England, becoming a Shillito reader in Assyriology in 1908, a British citizen in 1913, and after the retirement of Archibald Sayce, a Professor of Assyriology in 1919. However, in 1916, when World War I had diminished the size of his classes in England, he spent some time at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, serving as the curator of its Babylonian section.
His studies on the Near East, here collected in an edition intended for a popular audience, though superceded by others' later work were considered pioneering in their time.