Publisher Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. University of Chicago Press 1935
Seller ID 007682
This is Volume XXIV from the series, Oriental Institute Publications. First edition, May 1935. Handsome brown buckram spine and with rust-orange buckram hardboards. Crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spine. Generally unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. A few tiny blemishes to the front board, quite minor. Otherwise the binding is exceptionally clean and presentable. 11.75 x 9 inches. Text block firmly bound in. With xii and 52 numbered page. Frontispiece aerial view of the aqueduct. 12 text figures, including a splendid pull-out plan and elevation, and the text section followed by XXXVI B&W full-page plates consisting of archival photos and drawings. Moderate age-toning to the outer edges of the pages, not into the text or plates. Else a very clean interior, and quite tight. Very respectfully read. No dust jacket present. A Very Good copy. This volume deals with a dam and aqueduct structure that nowhere else survived from pre-Roman times. The aqueduct is part of the larger Atrush Canal built by the Assyrian king Sennacherib between 703 and 690 BCE to water Ninevah's extensive gardens. The watercourse is believed to have functioned actively for more than 2,000 years. Allegedly the aqueduct was constructed of more than two million dressed stones and using stone arches and waterproof cement. Jerwan is a locality north of Mosul in the Nineveh Province of Iraq. The geographic area corresponds to that inhabited by Yezidis in Iraq, at least until the recent past.