Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1987. Hardcover. VG- (Slightly aged overall, with former owner name and year on first page; dj is tanned on flaps and interior; page margins are tanning lightly; text and illus. are clear.). Chocolate brown cloth, gilt letters on spine, tan and pictorial dust jacket, 208 pp., 966 BW illus. "The cylinder searl is closely linked with cuneiform writing on clay. As the name imples, the seal is a small cylinder made of stone and engraved with a design. When the cylinder is rolled on clay, it leaves a continuous impression of the design in reverse. Seals of various shapes, sizes, and styles were used in the Near East from about 3300 to 300 B.C. for sealing goods and clay writing tablets. ... [This book] traces the history and development of the designs and styles of the seals over this three thousand year period, and gones on to consider the role of cylinder seals in society, describing their use by royalty and private individuals." (dj) Includes hundreds of illusrations. An uncommon book. (Inventory #: 156067)
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