FRAZER, James George (1854-1941). Social anthropologist an

FRAZER, James George 1854-1941. Social anthropologist an


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Autograph Letter Signed "J. G. Frazer" to "My dear Cook" [probably Arthur Bernard Cook, classical don at Cambridge].2 pages 8vo with integral blank leaf, a quarter of which has been neatly torn away, not affecting any text.Trin[ity]. Coll[ege]., 3 February, n. y.

"I am so sorry to have kept you waiting last night. In the dark I did not see who it was. Curiously enough just when you came my guest was telling me that he had been present with Sir John Lumley when he began the excavations at Nemi, believing it to be a temple of Juno Sospita.I shall be delighted to talk over my stuff with you and to modify or to make fuller my acknowledgements to you, where you may wish it. I shall not require the matter till the fifth lecture, I think. As yet I have given only two. I am free for a walk and a talk anytime except next Thursday. Or will you come and dine with me at 7:45 (Sundays at 8)? We could talk afterwards. Just fix any day or evening that suits you".Frazer was the author of The Golden Bough , a broad comparative study of mythology and religion that was first published in 1890. In 1885 John Savile Lumley (1818-1896), a British diplomatist whose last post was British Minister at Rome between 1883 and 1887, began work excavating at Nemi for the lost temple of Diana (the Artemision of Strabo). Nemi, which is in the Alban hills near Rome was made famous as being the seed in Frazer's The Golden Bough , hence its mention here.

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