New Haven: Yale University Press, 1919. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (11 3/4 x 8 3/4"). 56, pp (Text), 88 leaves (Plates). Modern 3/4 black cloth over blue paper covered boards, with gold lettering to spine.
The Yale Babylonian Collection contains about ten thousand tablets. In this large collection, there is a group of 136 which were found at Mugheir, or Muqayyar, on the site of the ancient city of Ur.
The first 110 texts in the present volume have been selected from this group, and form the first considerable number of texts to be published from this site.
The remaining 143 texts have been selected from the large number of tablets in the Yale Babylonian Collection coming from Senkereh, the site of the ancient city of Larsa (the Biblical Ellasar of Gen. 14:1). The texts in this second group have been chosen with the purpose of collecting the data offered by the Yale tablets for a study of the Dynasty of Larsa, which covers a period of more than 250 years in the latter part of the third millennium B.C., and which was for a time the ruling power in southern Babylonia, until its sovereignty was brought to an end by the rise of Babylon and the conquest of Larsa by Hammurabi, the great king and lawgiver of Babylon (called in Gen. 14:1 Amraphel, king of Shinar).
An attempt has been made to include most of the valuable texts in the Yale Collection which are dated in the reigns of the Larsa kings previous to the beginning of the reign of Rim-Sin, the last king of the dynasty. To these have been added one text of each of the first thirty years of Rim-Sin's reign reign, and a few texts containing representative date formulae of the last thirty one years of his reign, a period which was known as the Isin era because the dates refer to the number of years after the fall of the city of Isin, an event which marked the rise of Larsa to the suzerainty of southern Babylonia.
Head and tail of spine rubbed and slightly chipped. Corners rubbed. 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 #45601