New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 1958. Hardcover. G+ (Books are in tremendous shape and are clean, though vol. 7 has a black mark on the side edge of the book block; slipcase has borne the brunt of age and use, as it is substantially worn and aged and faded at the open edge; it could be discarded but these are scarce.). 2 vols. Black cloth boards with blue cloth spines, gilt letters on spines, gilt decoration on front covers; 521 total text pp., with 291 BW plates on pages at rear of both volumes; held in original black paper slipcase with laid-on cream paper title block. Two volumes -- the seventh and eighth -- from a 13-volume set. This set investigates "the artistic forms that Jews of the Greco-Roman period borrowed from pagan religions. ... The forms considered here little suggest cult usage beyond the fact that if their representation on synagogues and graves was for symbolic purposes, in a most general way they must have served as part of Jewish cult. ... When identical symbols are used in this way by a people diffused in time and space, they must be considered a part of the cultic practice of that people." (preface) An uncommon set within a set. (Inventory #: 156370)
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