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Pantheum mythicum seu fabulosa deorum historia, hoc epitomes eruditiones volumine . . . editio octava, denuo recensita, à quamplurimis erroribus repurgata, aeneis figuris ornata. Amsterdam, apud Antonium Schonenburg,

POMEY Franciscus (1730.)

£350.00 

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Engraved frontispiece by G. Schoute, and 27 engraved plates, some folding, by J. van Vianen showing the different deities with their particular attributes.Sm. 8vo. [8]ff. 298pp. [7]ff. Contemporary vellum, covers gilt with double fillet, ornamental stamp at each corner and large central armorial device, spine gilt with repeated ornamental stamp.

A fine illustrated edition of this very influential manual which became a highly important source for the study of mythology for many years. Mythology was an important part of Jesuit education and this work, written by a member of the order, became a standard text for school children. It went into many editions and several tranlations, with many English versions appearing in the 18th century. First published in 1658, all 17th century editions are very scarce and, except for the 1697 edition, contained no illustrations.Pomey (1619-73) drew heavily on earlier writers, especially Boccaccio, Giraldi and Conti, and his work became one of the main sources of classical mythology for the general reader. It was not only read by children, since we find Bayle writing to his brother: "Do for pity's sake learn how each god was represented . . . The Pantheum Mythicum describes nicely enough how each god is turned out. Take good note as you read".Provenance: Signatures on pastedown and front free endpaper of "Geo. W. Hall, Pembroke College" and "Geo. C. Hall, Churcham".

Stock Code: 43644