Inscribed by the Author to Alice Roosevelt Longworth

    James G. Frazer. The Golden Bough. A Study in Comparative Religion. London: Macmillan and Co., 1890.

    First edition. Inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf:"Inscribed to / Mrs. Nicholas Longworth / with the good wishes of / James George Frazer / 27th March 1933." Two octavo volumes. 409, [2 publisher's advertisement]; 407 pages. Engraved frontispiece.

    Publisher's dark green cloth with gilt mistletoe ornaments to the front boards and gilt spine titles. Green endpapers. Housed in a custom beige cloth slipcase, with separate compartments for each volume, and a dark green leather title plate affixed to the spine and lettered in gilt. Both volumes have been recased, utilizing the great majority of the original green cloth, which has been laid-down on the new binding, and incorporating the original endpapers (reinforced at the hinges). Volume I appears to have the original spine intact, but new cover pieces have been applied to the boards. The gilt "T" in "THE" on the spine of Volume II is not original. Binding slightly skewed on both volumes. Moderate wear to the boards. Some bumping to the edges and corners, and rubbing and soiling to the boards. Minor bubbling to some of the cloth on the boards. Edges slightly dust-soiled. Scattered minor foxing. All in all, an about very good pair of the original publication of Frazer's seminal work.

    The "Mrs. Nicolas Longworth" referred to by Frazer in the inscription is Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Theodore Roosevelt's eldest daughter from his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. Alice Longworth led a long, controversial and unconventional life and the inscription is all the more rare by the fact that Frazer signed his name in full as opposed to his usual "from the author" or "with the author's kindest regards".

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    "An Anthropological Masterpiece...The genesis of this work, in 2 volumes, was to solve the riddle of the King of the Wood in the Arician grove of Diana. Frazer can hardly himself have expected that it would become his life work - an inexhaustible fund of knowledge on magic and comparative religion in 12 volumes." (Printing and the Mind of Man)

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