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The Greek Myths (2-vol edition)

By Graves, Robert and McKleish, Kenneth (Intro)

London: The Folio Society, 1998 This is the first Folio Society edition, Fifth printing and in two volumes with slip-case - Vol I has a black and white Frontis. Both vols have maps to EPs and are quarter-bound in brown buckram with gilt titles to the spine and printed paper-covered boards designed by Grahame Baker. Slip-case light brown with gilt titles enclosed wthin a gilt Greek key frame. Both vols in fine condition as is the slip-case. <B>A large and heavy set (1.5Kg before packing) which will require additional shipping cost.. First Edition - 5th Printing. Quarter-buckram. Fine/Fine. Illus. by Baker, Grahame and Baker Denys (maps). 5.75 x 9".



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The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man: An Essay on Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East

By Frankfort, H. and H. A.; Wilson, John A.; Jacobsen, Thorkild; and Irwin, William A

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1946 vii, (viii), 401pp inc index - In the introduction, the Frankforts note that the essays in this volume were originally "lectures given as a public course in the Division of the Humanities of the University of Chicago... . However varied their treatment may be, the essayists will have one characteristic in common. Bent on discovering the meaning of cultural and historical phenomena, their approach will be humanistic, and they will express themselves in terms understood by the educated layman." <P> Divided into five parts, including Introduction and Conclusion, the parts and their authors are: Introduction and Conclusion by the Frankforts, John A Wilson on Egypt, Thorkild Jacobsen on Mesopotamia, and William A. Irwin on The Hebrews. <P> Covers (green cloth with bright gilt design to front board and bright gilt design and titles to spine) are faded at the spine with a minimum of edgewear. The DJ (clipped) is edgeworn (esp to top and bottom of spine panel, there is a fold line across most of the top of the front panel leading to a small closed tear at the front panel's fore-edge and there's a bit of soiling. DJ is now in protective sleeve. Textblock is clean and tight except for inked prior owner's name and date "December, 1957" and very slight soiling to page edges. . First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. 6 x 9".


Myths of Britain

By Senior, Michael

London: Book Club Associates, 1979 240pp inc colour frontis, many b+w in-text illustrations and several colour plates - Senior presents a "broad review of the traditional material of Britain," to wit, of its mythology" Covers (black cloth with gilt titles to spine) as slight dustiness and lightly bumped corners. Textblock is immaculate.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 6.25 x 9.5".



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King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table: From Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur"

By Malory, Thomas and Lanier, Sidney (ed)

London: Macdonald & Co Ltd 280pp inc colour illustrated EPs and frontis and other colour and b+w illustrations - Undated but about 1950, part of the publisher's "Illustrated Junior Library" series. A beautifully illustrated retelling of the ancient myths. Covers (beige cloth with red and black knights to front board and black titles to the spine) has some edgewear and lightly bumped corners. FPDP shows signs of this having been a school library book, but rest of book is clean and tight. DJ (price-clipped) has numerous nicks and creases and a 1.5-inch closed tear near top oof spine on front panel.. First Edition (apparently). Pictorial Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Florian. 5.5 x 8.5". Ex-Library.



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The Queen of the Air: Being a Study of the Greek Myths or Cloud and Storm

By Ruskin, John

London: George Allen, 1906 x, 233pp ("Thirty-Seventh Thousand"). - In the preface to this book, Ruskin (1819-1900) says his health was failing at the time he was preparing these essays for publication. "But I leave them now as they stand, for no time nor labour would be enough to complete them to my contentment; and I believe that they contain suggestions which may be followed with safety, by persons who are beginning to take interest in the aspects of mythology, which only recent investigation has removed from the region of conjecture to that of rational inquiry".... Covers (red cloth with bright gilt Ruskin monograph and titles to front board and bright gilt titles to spine) are very slightly edgeworn with bumped corners. Textblock is clean and tight except for inked number to half title, some pencilled notations to rear end papers and a splotch of red paint or ink to some page edges. TEG. . Reprint. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 4 x 6".


Mysteries of the Universe

By Cavendish, Richard

London: Artus Books, 1981 79pp inc index, bibliography, and many colour and b+w illustrations - The authors take readers on a tour of all things mysterious, mysticism and occult including, Mythology, Atlantis, Pyramids, Tarot, Standing Stones, Druids, Lourdes, Turin, Reincarnation, Bermuda Triangle, Poltergeist, Flying Saucers, Loch Ness Monster, Yeti, and Big Foot. Book is immaculate except for edgeware and very rubbed corners.. First Edition. Laminated. Very Good/No Jacket. 9.5 x 13.



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Maid Marian and Her Merry Men: The Workship Egg Fairy

By Robinson, Tony

London: BBC Books, 1991 Unpaginated, but about 50. Tony Robinson (yes, Baldric of the Blackadder series and host of Time Team, oh yes and voice-over for the Vanish "Trust Pink" adverts) tells the truth about Robin Hood (a great coward) and Maid Marian (an unacknowledged hero). Based on the BBC-TV series. Book is immaculate except for very slight edgewear.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good +/No Jacket. Illus. by Cemmick, Paul. 8.5 x 11.5".



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Magical and Mystical Sites: Europe and the British Isles

By Pepper, Elizabeth and Wilcock, John

London: Book Club Associates, 1977 xvi, 304pp inc index, bibliography, maps and many b+w illustrations - The authors take readers on a jtour of "the great enchanted places of the western world". Book and DJ (unclipped) are immaculate except for protective sleeve being adhered to boards.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Cloth. Very Good/Very Good.



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Avalonian Quest

By Ashe, Geoffrey

London: Book Club Associates, 1983 287pp inc notes, bibliography, index, 8 b&w plates, and 13 line drawings - In this, his second book on the subject, Ashe continues his exploration of the myths and legends of the area and tries to answer questions about the region's "pagan" past and its Christian present. Book and unclipped DJ are immaculate, except for rubber-stamped prior owner's name to FEP and on Contents page verso.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Cloth. Fine -/Fine -. 5 x 8".


The Heroes: Charles Kingsley

By Innes, Arthur D

London: Blackie & Sons 152pp - Undated, but The British Library says 1926. One volume in the publisher's "The Self-Study English Texts" series. Kingsley retells the Greek myths of Perseus, The Argonauts, and Theseus in a manner school children could enjoy and Innes set the series of related questions at the rear of the book. Also at the rear of the book is a four-page list of names of characters in the stories with pronunciation guide. Covers (blue cloth with the publisher's logo for this series to the front board and faded gilt titles to spine) are edgeworn and lightly soiled. Textblock is immaculate except for foxing mostly to page edges and lightly pencilled notations to EPs.. . First Edition (apparently). Cloth. Very Good -/No Jacket. 5 x 7".


The World Atlas of Mysteries

By Hitching, Francis

London: Book Club Associates, 1978 254pp inc index and a profusion of illustrations - Everything you may have wanted to know about the world's most fascinating mysteries and supposed mysteries (ie myths). Book and DJ (in protective sleeve and not clipped) are immaculate. . Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. 9 x 12".



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The Odyssey

By Homer

London: Penguin Books, 2003 348pp inc glossary-index - Translation by E V Rieu with revisions by D C H Rieu and an Introduction by Peter Jones. Homer's classic epic. Part of the "Penguin Classics" series. Book is immaculate.. Reprint. Mass Market Paperback. New/No Jacket.



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Tree-Talk: Memories, Myths and Timeless Customs

By Boyer, Marie-France

London: Thames and Hudson, 1996 112pp inc colour photographic frontis and 130 other illustrations, 121 of which are in colour - Translated from the French by Muriel Zagha. "This book is dedicated not to botanists, nor to dendrologists, nor even to gardeners, but to ignorant dreamers and to those who love a special tree, unique in all the world," says the author in her dedication. <P> Chapters include "Mythical and Mythological", "Ancient Witness", "Ritual and Magic", "Singular and Misshapen", "Domesticated and Civilized". Book and DJ (not price-clipped and now in protective sleeve) are pristine.. First UK Edition. Cloth. Fine/Fine. 8 x 9.5".



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The Celtic Book of Days: a Celebration of Celtic Wisdom

By Matthews, Caitlin

Hunts, UK: Godsfield Press Ltd, 1996 128pp inc index, bibliography and illustrations (colour) - "The ultimate celebration of personal spirituality in our daily lives," according to the blurb. Each day features a brief and inspirational story or poem or blessing. Book is immaculate.. First Thus. Soft Cover. Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Cameron, Amanda. 9 x 8.5".


The First Stories

By Gunn, J. L. (ed)

London: Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 1938 180pp inc frontis, appendix, notes, and pronunciation guide - Gunn retells the stories of the Greek and Roman gods and heroes. Number 81 of Nelson's "Teaching of English" series. Covers (red cloth with gilt Nelson's logo to front board and gilt titles to lightly sunned spine) show minimal edgewear. Textblock is immaculate except for school rubber stamp to first page of chapter 1.. Reprint. Cloth. Fine -/No Jacket. 4.5 x 6.5". Ex-School.


A Wonder Book

By Hawthorne, Nathaniel

London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1949 195pp inc colour frontis, 8 other colour plates and 4 full page b&w illustrations - Hawthorne's retelling of some of the more popular Greek myths. Covers (tan with repeating orange pagasus and Medusa motif and black titles to front board and spine) edgeworn with library code to spine and black electrical tape to lower spine. Standard ex-lib markings and stamps throughout, esp to FEP. Crossed out inked library information to FPDP. Pieces of Sellotape to RPDP for no apparent reason. Split at rear hinge.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good -/No Jacket. Illus. by Van Abbe, S. . Ex-Library.


Historical and Miscellaneous Questions for the Use of Young People; with a Copious Selection of British and General Biography, &c. (Magnall's Historical Questions)

By Magnall, Richmal; Birkin, William (revised by)

London: Richardson and Son 395pp inc frontis and title page engravings plus 3-page publisher's catalogue - Undated, but introduction is from 1844. While specialising in coverage of things historical, this also deals with biography, astronomy, astrology, mythology and more. Similar to <B><I>Guy's General School Question Book</b></I> by Joseph Guy, who was involved in efforts to revise later editions of this book. Covers (black leather with elaborate blind-stamped decor and gilt titles to spine) is lightly edgeworn. Textblock is lightly foxed and tanned, but generally clean and tight. Page edges tinted red.. Decorative Leather. Very Good +/No Jacket. 4 x 6.5".


Classical Greece : Great Ages of Man

By Bowra, C. M. and the Editors of Time-Life Books

Nederland: Time Life International, 1970 192pp inc many illustrations, index, bibliography, timeline - A study of the history and culture of ancient Greece. Book is immaculate except for some wear to covers.. Reprint. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8.5 x 11".



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Celtic

By Rolleston, T. W. (Thomas William, 1857-1920)

London: Senate, 1994 456pp inc index, glossary and many b&w photos and drawings - Part of the Senate " Myths and Legends" series. This is part history of the Celts from throughout the British Isles and partly a collection of the Celtic myths. A fascinating book in excellent condition with light tanning to the pages and slight reading creases to the covers. . Reprint. Trade Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. 5.25 x 8.5".


Classical Mythology

By Moncrieff, A. R. Hope

London: Senate, 1994 440pp inc index, and many b&w photos and drawings - Part of the Senate " Myths and Legends" series. This is partly a history of mythology and partly a collection of the classic (and some not so well-known) Greek myths. A fascinating book in excellent condition with light tanning to the pages and slight reading creases to the covers. . Reprint. Trade Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. 5.25 x 8.5".


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