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The Mythology and Fables of the Ancients - BANIER, Abbe [Antoine] (1673-1741) - 1739. 
London: Printed for A. Millar, 1739-40.. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. 3 volumes. Octavo, pp.xxiii; ; 583; ; pp.[xxii]; 619; ; pp.[xxii]; 491; . Anonymously translated from the French. In a contemporary binding of full mottled calf with raised bands, gilt titles to dark red labels and further gilt decoration to spines. Armorial bookplates of Thomas Graeme of Balgowan to front paste-down of each volume. Purple stamps of Glasgow Public Libraries to endpapers and title pages, with accompanying withdrawn stamps. Front free endpaper of volume 3 detached. All joints split, bindings firm. Spine heads of volume 1 and 2 pulled. Internally crisp and clean; fair overall. First published as 'La Mythologie et les fables expliquées par l'histoire' from 1738 in Paris. Not including the fourth volume, which was produced separately in 1740. A complete and thorough treatment of world mythology, including notes on the Chaldean Mysteries, Hindu traditions and Native American religions, though inevitably concentrating on the Greek and Roman myths. Banier's working principle that all traditional stories had a foundation in historical fact found general acceptance until the mid nineteenth century, and may now again be considered with some credence in the wake of recent research proving the great antiquity of common fairy tales.
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