This is not a "review" of the classic "Golden Bough." This is a review of several hardback editions available to the collector which are complimentary to each other's content and pagination. The purchaser may wish to take care in selecting which edition of the Golden Bough they consider for purchase. Several hardbound editions exist.
The most common edition is the 2-volume abridged 4th edition,this is the edition supervised by Graves widow; it is woefully incomplete. It is to the 3rd Edition that most collectors will want to turn. The 3rd edition has twelve volumes, and a 1-volume afterward, which, when assembled look rather like a set of encyclopedias. There have been twelve reliable and interchangable printings from 1911 to 1990 which may allow the collector the opportunity to assemble a complete set of mis-matching volumes, as I have done, spending less than $240 to assemble the entire series, or averaging less than $20.00 a volume. The original publishers to look for are MacMillan & Co. and St. Martin's Press. One cannot vouch for the print accuracy of the plethora of "On Demand" editions, I avoid them after a couple bad experiences with other titles.
The numbering on these volumes is sometimes confusing-- The on-line seller's lists always get them wrong, so you may want to do a general search for "Frazer" "Golden Bough Part" and compare the listing to the contents below (as printed on the dust jacket back of the 1990 edition):
The 13 books are divided into 9 parts:
Part I Vols. 1 & 2, The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings
Part II Taboo and The Perils of the Soul
Part III The Dying God
Part IV Adonis, Attis Osiris Vols. 1 & 2
Part V Spirits of the Corn and of the Wild Vols. 1&2
Part VI The Scapegoat
Part VII Balder the Beautiful: The Fire Festivals of Europe and
The Doctrine of the External Soul
Part VIII Bibliography and General Index
Part IX Aftermath: A Supplement to "The Golden Bough."
These books ought to be required reading to any student of religion, history, sociology, and occult sciences.