Neo-Babylonian Letters from Erech [Yale Oriental Series. Babylonian Texts, Vol. III]
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1919. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (11 3/4 x 8 3/4"). 26, pp (Text), 76 leaves (Plates). Modern 3/4 black cloth over blue paper covered boards, with gold lettering to spine.
The 200 letters contained in this volume were found at Warka, the ruins of which represent all that remains of the ancient city of Erech, one of the four cities of Nimrod's kingdom (Genesis X:10), and one of the earliest cities known in history.
The letters were written in the era during the period from Kandalanu, a contemporary of Ashurbanipal, to Darius I (522-486 B.C.). This is determined from a study of the names contained in the letters in connection with the names of many temple officials which occur in the dated documents.
Texts Nos. 175 and 176 are dated in the reign of Darius. A number of royal letters contained in this work are also of special interest. The salutation and other data in Letter No. 1 make the identification of the writer with King Nebuchadnezzar reasonably certain. Two of the addressees of Letter No. 3, perhaps even the third whose name appears in an abbreviated form, are the same as in No. 1, making it entirely reasonable to infer that the writer of this letter was also Nebuchadnezzar, as it is addressed to Enurta-shar-usur, who figures in Nos. 1 and 3. The Royal Letter No. 2, addressed to Kurbanni-Marduck, who was a director (satammu) of the storehouse in the reign of Nabonidus, makes it highly probable that the writer was that king.
Head and tail of spine rubbed. Upper and lower front corners slightly bumped, not affecting pages throughout. Ex-library copy with bookplate on inside of front cover, pocket on inside of back cover, and stamp at top and bottom edges. Binding in overall good, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #45567