A classic study of the beliefs and institutions of mankind, and the progress through magic and religion to scientific thought, The Golden Bough has a unique status in modern anthropology and literature.
First published in 1890, The Golden Bough was eventually issued in a twelve-volume edition (1906-15) which was abridged in 1922 by the author and his wife. In this abridgement some of the more controversial passages were dropped, including Frazer's daring speculations on the Crucifixion of Christ.
A seminal work of modern anthropolgy, The Golden Bough also influenced many twentieth-century writers, including D H Lawrence, T S Eliot, Wyndham Lewis and W.B Yeats. Its discussion of magical types, the sacrificial killing of kings, the dying god, and the scapegoat is given fresh pertinence in this new edition.
Hardcover in faded green cloth with embossed blindstamped mistletoe emblem to front cover. The cover is unevenly faded ( especially the front cover) the spine shows splatter marks ( presumably from water, but there is no water damage per se) Split in back cloth cover ( approx 1cm at edge, it may be a cut.
Small inscription ( Bombay India 1951) to title page, no ther marks, loosely laid in is a PANAM ticket stub, and the courtesy card of the Vatican nuncio in China.