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The British Institute for the Study of Iraq Books Online

The British Institute for the Study of Iraq Books Online
Eventually, all new BISI publications will be made available here as pdfs for free download. Our full backlist of publications will also be posted here as pdfs as time permits.

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At the moment, the following books are available for download:

Cuneiform Texts from Nimrud

The Nimrud Wine Lists

The Nimrud Wine Lists
Author: J.V. Kinnier Wilson
Volume: I
Year: 1972
Format: Hardback xv, 167p ; 29cm.
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0-903472-00-5. ISBN-10: 0-903472-00-7
Price: £9.95

The Governor’s Palace Archive

The Governor’s Palace Archive
Author: J.N. Postgate
Volume: II
Year: 1973
Format: 283 pp., 98 plates of cuneiform and photos, hardback
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0-903472-01-2. ISBN-10: 0-903472-01-5
Price: £9.95

The Tablets from Fort Shalmaneser

Front cover of CTN 3
Author: S. Dalley & J.N. Postgate
Volume: III
Year: 1984
Format: xii + 289 pp, 40 plates, hardback
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0-903472-08-2. ISBN-10: 0-903472-08-2
Price: £30
Notes: Out of print.

Literary Texts from the Temple of Nabû

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Author: D.J. Wiseman & J.A. Black
Volume: IV
Year: 1996
Format: x + 62 pp., 157 plates, hardback
Price: £24.95
Notes: The library of Nimrud, probably established in 798 BC, was a prestigious royal foundation whose scribes had contacts all over the East, particularly with Nineveh. The 259 cuneiform tablets and fragments which constituted the library mainly described magical and medical rituals, prayers and instructions for training scribes. All the epigraphic finds from Sir Max Mallowan's excavations of 1955-7 are described in this volume, with additional material from the Iraq Archaeological Service's excavations of 1985

The Nimrud Letters, 1952

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Author: H.W.F. Saggs
Volume: VI
Year: 2001
Format: xii + 307 pp., 64 plates, hardback
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0-903472-20-3; ISBN-10: 0-903472-20-1
Price: £40.00
Notes: In 1952 in one wing of the North-West Palace at Nimrud, ancient Kalhu, Max Mallowan excavated an archive room containing royal correspondence from the reigns of Tiglath-pileser III and Sargon II of Assyria. Subjects include Assyrian military activity in Babylonia and on the northern frontier, royal building projects, events on the Phoenician seaboard, and relations with King Midas of Phrygia. Some texts were published in Iraq between 1955 and 1974; the majority have remained unpublished until now. Two hundred and forty-three texts are published here; most are in New Assyrian script and the remainder in New Babylonian. Chapters divide the tablets into the geographical areas they are concerned with. The texts are presented with transliterations, translation and notes. Plates at the end of the book give facsimiles of the tablets.
Other Publications

The Old Babylonian Tablets from Tell al Rimah

Author: S.M. Dalley, C.B.F. Walker and J.D. Hawkins
Year: 1976
Format: xvi + 272pp., 122 plates, hardback
ISBN: 0903472031, ISBN-13: 978-0903472036
Notes: Out of print.

Fifty Years of Mesopotamian Discovery: The Work of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, 1932-1982

front cover of Fifty Years of Mesopotamian Discovery
Editor: J. Curtis
Year: 1982
Format: 120pp., paperback
Notes: Out of print.

The Middle Babylonian Legal and Economic Texts from Ur

Author: O.R. Gurney
Year: 1982
Format: 203pp., 4 plates, hardback
Notes: Out of print.

Nimrud: An Assyrian Imperial City Revealed

Front cover of Nimrud
Author: David and Joan Oates
Year: 2001
Format: Paperback, 309p, H239 x W159 (mm) 175 b/w illus, maps and plans, 16 col pls
Price: £19.95
Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) in northern Iraq, was the capital of the Assyrian Empire during most of the 9th and 8th centuries BC, and remained a major centre until the destruction of the Empire in 612 BC. This authoritative account, written by two of the excavators of the site, traces its history and its gradual revelation through archaeological excavation, begun by Layard in the 19th century and continuing to the present day. The volume is abundantly illustrated and includes finds that have not previously been published, together with illustrations and the most complete account in English so far of the remarkable discoveries made in recent years by Iraqi archaeologists in the tombs of the Assyrian Queens. Contents:
  • Introduction;
  • Chapter 1: The Land of Assyria - Setting the Scene;
  • Chapter 2: Major Palaces on the Citadel;
  • Chapter 3: Tombs, Wells and Riches;
  • Chapter 4: Temples, Minor Palaces and Private Houses;
  • Chapter 5: Fort Shalmaneser: the ekal masarti;
  • Chapter 6: The Written Evidence;
  • Chapter 7: Types of Object and Materials from Nimrud;
  • Chapter 8: Post-Assyrian Nimrud;
  • Epilogue.

Your Praise is Sweet - A Memorial Volume for Jeremy Black from Students, Colleagues and Friends

Editor: Heather D. Baker, Eleanor Robson and Gábor Zólyomi
Year: 2011
Format: Hardback, A4, 472 pp (xii + 460)
ISBN: ISBN- 978-0-903472-28-9
Price: £35
This volume is intended as a tribute to the memory of the Sumerologist Jeremy Black, who died in 2004. The Sumerian phrase, ‘Your praise is sweet’ is commonly addressed to a deity at the close of a work of Sumerian literature. The scope of the thirty contributions, from Sumerology to the nineteenth-century rediscovery of Mesopotamia, is testament to Jeremy’s own wide-ranging interests and to his ability to forge scholarly connections and friendships among all who shared his interest in ancient Iraq.

And see also The British Institute for the Study of Iraq Newsletter

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