The Golden Bough (Signed copy)
With James George Frazer's autograph, and from his family's collection
First abridged edition, hardback bound in the original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine and decoration to upper board. 23 × 14.5cm, xiv + 756pp + 4pp ads.
This copy belonged to Frazer's niece and has a note signed by Frazer and dated 13th November 1922 neatly stuck in at the ffep. The book also has the signed bookplate of the niece (Frances I Steggall—JGF's sister married a mathematician called John Steggall, and this is one of their daughters), and a handwritten letter from Frances Steggall to her sister gifting this book as she has "mother and father's copy".
Originally published in thirteen volumes between 1890 and 1915, and here in the first abridged edition, The Golden Bough is a comprehensive work on comparative religion and mythology. The title refers to the branch broken from a sacred tree by Aeneas before his descent into the underworld. In a massive cross-cultural analysis, Frazer attempted to discern archetypal or universal elements in religions and magical practices. It was a hugely influential work in this field of study.
A good copy. The blue cloth is a little marked and rubbed to the spine ends, joints and corners. The main body of text is in good clean condition but the prelims have some tanning and foxing. The inner binding is secure.
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