The Golden Bough, A Study in Magic and Religion
Stamped presentation copy and with De Montmorency bookplate
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.
Not signed but this copy is stamped "Presentation Copy" to the title page, and has the bookplate of English author and lawyer James Edward Geoffrey de Montmorency.
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 plus reading copy. The cloth is bumped and rubbed, heaviest at the head of the spine. The pages are clean and the binding secure.