Mythology of All Races, The; Greek and Roman. Volume I

Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology
Bound By Legendary Bindery

[SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders]. FOX, William Sherwood. The Mythology of All Races. Greek and Roman. Volume I. Boston: Archaeological Institute of America - Marshall Jones Company, 1916.

First edition. Tall octavo (9 1/8 x 5 7/8 in; 233 x 150 mm). lxii, [2], 354 pp. Sixty-three full-page black and white illustrations, eleven black and white text illustrations.

Bound and flexibly hand-sewn by Sangorski and Sutcliffe ca. 1931 (stamp-signed) in full ebony crushed morocco with gilt-rolled Greek key border and central ovaline portrait medallion onlaid in pale brown morocco surrounded by a bold, gilt-tooled frame to upper board, a wreath in onlaid green morocco with royal purple morocco ribbon to lower board. Raised bands. Gilt decorated compartments. All edges gilt and unusually and exquisitely gauffered with hand-painted highlights in color. Broad turn-ins with gilt rules enclose sienna-red morocco doublures with gilt ornamented rule. Sienna-red silk endleaves. A pristine copy and very fine.

The first volume in the acclaimed thirteen-volume series. "Mr. Fox [of Princeton] knows his subject well, and he has given an admirable account of the chief classic myths, so far as the plan of the work allowed him. He writes for the general reader primarily. but this opf course does not mean that his work is not scholarly. From the vast amount of material at his disposal he has naturall been obliged to select what has seemed to him most important. In general his selections will meet approval" (Clifford H. Moore (1917). Review of William Sherwood Fox 'Greek and Roman Mythology' Harvard Theological Review, 10, pp 310-311).

"Probably no other subject is more hazardous to write about than the mythology of the Greeks and Romans. When historians and scientists differ in their conclusions, what chance for securing general approval remains for the mythologist whose evidence is almost wholly shrouded in obscurity? Dr. Fox enters into this misty realm as valiantly as Odysseus penetrated the dark confines of Hades, and returns with as fair an achievement as may be expected. He has placed us all under debt to him for putting into a convenient and compact and readable volume the important myths of Greece and Rome" (The Classical Journal, Vol. 24, No. 9, June 1929). Item #02794

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