New York: Scribner, Armstong and Company, 1876. First Edition. Hardcover. xvi,319 pages plus two page publisher ads. 27 illustrations including Frontis photograph, text vignettes. Brown cloth with gilt decoration of cover and spine. Spine titles in gilt. Large, thick octavo. Corners bumped, some fraying to head and tail of spine. Spine titles a bit faded. Some fading to cover along the top and some minor spotting. Binding sound. Text clean, with occasional light spotting. Good. Item #76752
In 1872, Smith achieved worldwide fame by his translation of the Chaldaean account of the Great Flood,"The Flood Tablet", the eleventh tablet of the Gilgamesh Epic describes how the gods sent a flood to destroy the world. Like Noah, Utnapishtim was forewarned and built an ark to house and preserve living things. After the flood he sent out birds to look for dry land (British Museum).
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