New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 1964. Hardcover. G (Books are in tremendous interior shape and are clean, dust jackets have changed color at spines and were cut at titles and volumes so that these words could be read, and as such, they are well worn there; vol. 11 has a few rips or toothmarks along its spine at the title space; slipcase has also borne the brunt of age and use, as it is moderately worn and aged and faded at the open edge; it and the djs could be discarded but these are scarce.). 3 vols. Black cloth boards with blue cloth spines, gilt letters on spines, gilt decoration on front covers; black and tan dust jackets, 478 total text pp. in first two vols.; third vol. has 21 color plates, 354 BW illus., and 8 fold-outs; held in original black paper slipcase with laid-on cream paper title block. Three volumes -- the ninth, tenth, and eleventh -- from a 13-volume set. These books explore the symbolism found in the decorations and design of the synagogue excavated at Dura-Europas in present-day Syria. "Dura has given a new kind of data altogether, for here Jews, while using many of the pagan and Jewish symbols discussed in the former volumes, were at the same time painting interpretations of their Bible. These two cannot be separated: a single person or group put together the pagan symbols and the biblical scenes, put, indeed, many new pagan symbols into the biblical scenes themselves. Such integration of paganism and Judaism in the whole decoration of the room, even within the biblical paintings, demands integration in the interpretation." (preface) An uncommon set within a set. (Inventory #: 156372)
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