London: Macmillan, 1954. Later edition. Octavo, original green cloth, original dust jacket. Offsetting to both free endpapers of near-fine book, creasing and minor edge wear to very good dust jacket. A handsome copy of a classic text. Item #122
"TO ISIS IN HER LATER CHARACTER OF PATRONESS OF MARINERS THE VIRGIN MARY PERHAPS OWES HER BEAUTIFUL EPITHET OF STELLA MARIS, 'STAR OF THE SEA,' UNDER WHICH SHE IS ADORED BY TEMPEST-TOSSED SAILORS" Early printing of the first abridged edition of Frazer's classic study of the role of myth and ritual, an excellent introduction to this widely influential work. First published in two volumes in 1890 with the subtitle: "A Study in Comparative Religion," the second edition (1900) added a third volume. The work had grown to 12 volumes by the time the third edition completed publication in 1915. The abridged edition omits the footnotes and bibliography and sidelines much of the discussion of Christianity. With Frazer's original Preface for the Abridged Edition, dated "1 Brick Court, Temple/London, June, 1922." The dust jacket features a note: "This edition is specially printed for the Rationalist Press Association Limited."