MACKENZIE, Donald Alexander. Myths of Babylonia and Assyria … With Historical Narrative & Comparative Notes. London, The Gresham Publishing Company, .
8vo. Original green illustrated cloth, lettered in yellow; pp. xxxix, 537, folding map, colour plates and plates after photographs of reliefs; apart from light offsetting from endpapers, a fine copy.
First edition, the issue in the inferior - but still very attractive - binding. Mackenzie was a Scottish journalist and folkorist. Despite having believed that there is an early Buddhist substrate to every ancient civilisation Mackenzie contributed a lot to the comparative research of myths and legends. He further held the belief that the earliest civilizatilons were matriarchal. 'This volume deals with the myths and legends of Babylonia and Assyria, and as these reflect the civilization in which they developed, a historical narrative has been provided, beginning with the early Sumerian Age and concluding with the periods of the Persian and Grecian Empires. Over thirty centuries of human progress are thus passed under review. During this vast interval of time the cultural influences emanating from the Tigro-Euphrates valley reached far-distant shores along the intersecting avenues of trade, and in consequence of the periodic and widespread migrations of peoples who had acquired directly or indirectly the leavening elements of Mesopotamian civilization. Even at the present day traces survive in Europe of the early cultural impress of the East; our "Signs of the Zodiac", for instance, as well as the system of measuring time and space by using 60 as a basic numeral for calculation, are inheritances from ancient Babylonia' (p. v).