Records from Erech, Time of Cyrus and Cambyses (538-521 B. C.) [Yale Oriental Series. Babylonian Texts, Vol. VII]
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1925. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (11 3/4 x 8 3/4"). 48pp (Text), 74 leaves (Plates). Modern 3/4 black cloth over blue paper covered boards, with gold lettering to spine.
In this volume, Dr. Tremayne has published 198 texts dating from the reigns of the first two Achaemenian kings of Babylon - Cyrus and Cambyses, with full indices and a brief but valuable introduction calling attention to the most important features.
Nearly all the tablets that are fully dated mention Erech or its environs as the provenance of the documents. Only a few are dated at Babylon, and Larsa.
Some of the documents deal with religious customs but most are legal or commercial in character, covering judgements, bailments, hire of houses and slaves and of sheep and cattle, receipts of various kinds, leases of land, etc.
A review of them discloses the continued power and influence of the temple under the rule of the first two Achaemenian kings; and also the extensive pastoral and agricultural occupations of the environs of Erech.
Head and tail of spine rubbed and slightly chipped. 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- to good, interior in very good condition. g- to vg. Item #45569