The Mythology of The Aryan Nations by G.W. Cox
Publication: 1870 Longmans, Green, and Co; London
A scarce First Edition set of written by George W. Cox, a British historian who is known for resolving the several myths of Greece and the world into idealization of solar phenomenon. Cox attended Trinity College, Oxford and both graduated B.A. and proceeded M.A. in 1859. The author was heavily influenced by German Theosophist Max Muller and confesses " Professor Max Muller's Essay on Comparative Mythology first opened to me...a path through a labyrinth which, up to that time, had seemed as repulsive as it was intricate. I well remember the feeling of delight awakened by his analysis of myths examined in that essay"
The present work is dense and very well researched. With an abundance of Chapters and subchapters. A few of the interesting chapters include: Popular Theories on the Origin and Growth of Mythology, Homeric Mythology, Historical Significance of Greek Mythology, Evidence of The Book of Genesis, Zeus and Athene, The Infancy of Mankind, Results of Mythical Language, The Development of Myth, The Imagery of these Legends, The Great Rose Garden, Achilleas a Solar Epic, Odin as the Creator of Man, Eros and Psyche,
Condition: Publishers blue cloth boards, gilt title to spine, blind stamp decor to boards, the hinges in both volumes have been strengthened using Japanese paper, corners exposed, spine ends turned in, the rear board of volume two has heavy discoloration (this being the most noticeable flaw of the set), the pages remain clean of any markings and in wonderful condition considering the age, binding is firm, with flaws considered still in Very Good condition (we have protected both volumes in removable clear mylar)