Discoveries in the Judaean Desert. I. Qumran Cave I. 1955
Jordan Department of Antiquities. Evolve Biblique Et Archaologique Francaise. Palestine Archaeological Museum. Discoveries in the Judaean Desert. I. Qumran Cave I. By D. Barthelemy, O.P. And J. T. Milik. With Contributions by De Vaux, Crowfoot, Plenderleith, and Harding. Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1955.
Quarto volume in green cloth with pale blue dust jacket. Jacket torn and discolored at edges and margins and has clipped corner on front interior flap. Boards with scattered areas of discoloration and apparent tidemark along bottom. Bottom fore edge of textblock with damp stain but does not infiltrate into the page margins. Binding tight. Interiors clean and bright. Includes black and white illustrations as well as, at the rear, photographic plates of scroll fragments. A fair to good copy.
The Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered in the 1940s and rapidly became one of the most important discoveries in archeology, Judaica, and Biblical text criticism of the 20th century (arguably, ever, for those with a particular interest). Controversy and consternation arose among scholars around the world as they became frustrated by the way the sequential publication of the scrolls was handled. This series is the most important and authoritative publication of the contents of the scrolls.