Very Good. Item #001616
London: A. Millar, 1740. Vols II - IV only (missing Vol I). Octavos; II: xx, 619pp +2pp ads; III: [x], 491pp +1pp ads; IV: [viii], 458pp +[140pp] index. Rebound in uniform later brown cloth with gilt lettering to spines. Ex-libris stamp of the Paulist Fathers Library of Washington, D.C. on title pages and, variously, a contents page, etc., not obscuring text. Boards are clean and square with light shelfwear. Occasional dog-earing throughout, but pages crisp and unmarked. Bindings are sound.
Incomplete English Edition of Banier's Mythologie et la fable expliqués par l'histoire, which first appeared in 1711 and was revised to dialogue in 1715. A French clergyman, Banier's interpretations shifted consideration of the stories as allegory but rather suggested a history whereby stories of actual historical figures were embellished and expanded to the point of eventual deification. His interpretations became a standard through the Enlightenment and into the 19th century.