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A Commentary on the Cuneiform Inscriptions

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A Commentary on the Cuneiform Inscriptions  by RAWLINSON, Major Henry C, Frederick A Wood (1850)

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Author: RAWLINSON, Major Henry C, Frederick A Wood
Title: A Commentary on the Cuneiform Inscriptions of Babylonia and Assyria [interleaved]
Year: 1850
Publisher: John W Parker
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £1500
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A copy interleaved by a polyglot nineteenth century amateur scholar of cuneiform, Frederick Wood, who has included his own versions of Sanskrit and other alphabets.

Large octavo, half calf over textured green cloth; spine relaid using almost all of the original backstrip and achieving an attractive effect. Marbled endpapers and bookplate showing the library of ‘Frederick A. Wood, Highfields, Chew Magna, Somerset’ with handwritten shelf numbers to the margin. Red speckled edges. Rawlinson’s printed text is complete with the folding frontispiece, [4] pp84.

Wood’s manuscript interleaves are on a smaller paper stock, mounted on stubs. The first section of 26 manuscript pages appears before the main text and sets out Sanskrit, Nimrud Obelisk and other alphabets, neatly in columns. At page 14 a further 16 pages of Persian, Arabic and further alphabets are inserted, with additional inserts at page 52 (6 pages of scholarly commentary); 54, 58, 74 and after.
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