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Lot 1323: Andrew Tooke TOOKE'S PANTHEON OF THE HEATHEN GODS 1832 Antique Greek Mythology Children's Literature Plates
by National Book Auctions
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Tooke's Pantheon of the Heathen Gods, and Illustrious Heroes. Revised for a Classical Course of Education, and Adapted for the Use of Students of Every Age and of Either Sex.
Author: Andrew Tooke - Andrew Tooke was an English scholar, headmaster of Charterhouse School, Gresham Professor of Geometry, Fellow of the Royal Society and translator of Pomey's "Pantheon," a standard textbook for a century on Greek mythology.
Publisher: Published by William & Joseph Neal
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 305 pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 7.25"
Book Details: Tooke's Pantheon, full title Tooke's Pantheon of the Heathen Gods and Illustrious Heroes, was a work on Greek mythology. Authored by the Jesuit François Pomey (1619-1673), the Pantheum mythicum seu fabulosa deorum historia became the mythological handbook of the following two centuries.
Classical scholar Samuel Petiscus, engaged by the publisher to correct the sixth edition, advises the "Friendly Reader" that this book, deriving from Boccaccio, Giraldi, and Conti, was invaluable in the classical instruction of "studious youths". It was translated into English in 1698 by Andrew Tooke, later Headmaster of Charterhouse School, who was silent about the author of the original. It became known as Tookes Pantheon of the Heathen Gods and Illustrious Heroes and was reprinted twenty-three times by 1771. It was published as "adapted for the use of students of every age and either sex" in America as late as 1859.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in full leatherette, with gilt lettering and ruling to the spine. The volume displays rubbing at the extremities and vertical cracking to the spine edges. The hinges are cracked. Scattered foxing is present through the interior, which is otherwise clean and bright. This work is well-illustrated with plates depicting mythical characters and scenes.
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