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History and Chronology of the Myth-Making Age

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History and Chronology of the Myth-Making Age, by J. F. Hewitt. James Parker and Co. 1901. Hdbk. 682 pp. Ex-library copy, with number in white ink on spine, West Sussex County Libraries sticker and library cardholder (complete with card) glued to front endpaper, barcode on free endpaper (which is loose), and library stamp on first flyleaf verso. Otherwise a clean reading copy. Fine fold-out map of Ancient India just before titlepage. First edition. Published when the study of folklore and mythology was still all the rage, and at the cutting-edge of current scholarship, this learned volume attempted to synchronise what its author knew about early Indian history and prehistory with other religious, mythological and folkloric traditions: in other words a sort of early 20th century version of Casaubon’s doomed ‘Key to All Mythologies’ in George Eliot’s famous novel. Some of it now reads as fantasy, according to contemporary scholars. But it made an impact in its day, and is still worth consulting for its information about early Indian texts.

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Author(s):
J. F. Hewitt
Condition:
Fair
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
682
Publisher:
James Parker and Co.
Title:
History and Chronology of the Myth-Making Age

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History and Chronology of the Myth-Making Age, by J. F. Hewitt. James Parker and Co. 1901. Hdbk. 682 pp. Ex-library copy, with number in white ink on spine, West Sussex County Libraries sticker and library cardholder (complete with card) glued to front endpaper, barcode on free endpaper (which is loose), and library stamp on first flyleaf verso. Otherwise a clean reading copy. Fine fold-out map of Ancient India just before titlepage. First edition. Published when the study of folklore and mythology was still all the rage, and at the cutting-edge of current scholarship, this learned volume attempted to synchronise what its author knew about early Indian history and prehistory with other religious, mythological and folkloric traditions: in other words a sort of early 20th century version of Casaubon’s doomed ‘Key to All Mythologies’ in George Eliot’s famous novel. Some of it now reads as fantasy, according to contemporary scholars. But it made an impact in its day, and is still worth consulting for its information about early Indian texts.

£50.00

Author(s):
J. F. Hewitt
Condition:
Fair
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
682
Publisher:
James Parker and Co.
Title:
History and Chronology of the Myth-Making Age

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