Jerusalem: Hebrew University Department of the History of the Jewish People, 1986. First edition. Softcover. "To Walter and Esther with best wishes, Bezalel Porten" on front free endpaper. Folio. ix, 143pp. Original illustrated wraps with black lettering on cover and spine. Texts and studies for students. Newly copied, edited and translated into Hebrew and English. "The first Aramaic papyri to be discovered were letters. The Padua papyri (A3.3-4) were acquired by Giovan Battista at Elephantine between 1815 and 1819; the Turin papyrus (A5.3) was part of the Drovetti collection (1824); and a piece discovered by Francois Auguste Mariette in the Memphis Serapeum (noted in 1862) found its way into the Egyptian Museum in Cairo (A5.4). The latter two pieces were among the ten Aramaic papyri incorporated into the 'Corpus Inscriptionum Semiticarum' in 1893 (Nos, 144, 151). That same year Charles Edwin Wilbor acquired an Aramaic letter among other papyri (A3.9). In 1898 a piece from Elephantine came to the (now-called) Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire of Strasbourg (A4.5). Finally, two pieces were discovered by Gaston Maspero in 1902, one at Saqqarah (A5.1) and another at Elephantine (A5.5), and were deposited in the Académie des Inscriptions et Belle-Letters in Paris. Several of these finds were not properly published, if at all, until years later." (Foreword).
Study of Aramaic , the lingua franca of the great Empires - Assyria, Babylonia, and Perisa.
Laid in Vol. 56 - Fasc. 1 -1987 of Orientalia in light blue wraps, and a stapled copy of a contribution by H. Z. Szubin and Bezalel Porten, "Royal Grants in Egypt: A New Interpretation of Driver 2" to the Journal of Near Eastern Studies. These two with previous owner's name on front cover and first page and creasing at lower right corner of copies. Very good condition.
Text of study in Aramaic (facsimiles), English and Hebrew. Front cover with light bump at tail of spine, creasing at upper right corner with dealer sticker here. Library stamp of Rabbi Joseph Bronner on front free endpaper. Wraps in overall good-, interior in very good condition. g- to vg. Item #48088