The Preliminaries covers the origin, use, and materials from which the seals were created The remainder of the book breaks up the history of the seals over time periods from the Prehistoric age, Early Dynastic Cylinders, Seals of the Sargonid Age, Mesopotamian Glyptic, Seals from the Kassite to the Persian Period, all the way to Derivative Styles of the Ancient Near East. A General Index and a Chronological Index are both included. Many of the early cylinders and seals were nature themed and it wasn't until later that many of these items began to have religious overtones. Previous owners' names on free front endpaper. A fold-out timeline has been laid in between the last page of text and the first plate. Head and heel of spine are worn with moderate rubbing and a few small cracks; edges are lightly worn, corners are rubbed; hinges are cracking and starting to separate; some tanning to edges of pages; small rust stain at top of half-title page. xlviii , 328 pages, 47 plates. cloth, gilt image on front cover, top edge gilt. 4to.