London: Macmillan and co., 1930. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.vii; 237. Bound in publisher's green cloth with gilt titles to spine, top edge gilt, fore edge and tail edge deckled. Brown paper unclipped dustjacket shows titles to front cover and spine, with publisher's advertisements to rear cover, originally priced at 12s, 6d. Binding shows well, a strip of faint discolouration along lower edge of boards, negligible shelfwear,. Unopened in parts. Dust wrapper has minor tanning to spine, and minor rubbing to top edge, small chip at top of front joint. Frazer's goal in this work is to chart as many narratives that purport to explain the origin of fire as possible, covering all the inhabited continents from a number of perspectives. While not his most famous work, it is a testament to the breadth of his anthropology and the elegance of his prose. Item #43398
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