Books about the history of the ancient world before the Tenth Century C.E., and relating to mythical themes, in religion and folk lore, including traditional fairy tales.All these fortunabooks.com prices are in New Zealand dollars, and there is a minimum order required of NZD$20 excluding postage.
A Study Of Jewish History from the Exile Until the Revolt Of Bar Kocheba. Claims Jews are derived from a mix of races in Palestine and not the tribes of Moses and Abraham's time. Includes more material on the Mushroom cult. ISBN0586038590
G used paperback
Panther 1971, 301pp. [PB1431 ancient history]
Juvenile retelling of Andersens tales with illustrations.
Illustrated Childrens Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen 1950s
VG- hardback in G+ dust jacket
Red cloth spine, pictorial papered boards
Gift inscription to fep, jacket clipped with chipping and loss to tail of spine, closed tears etc.
Corners of book boards rubbed back to the card, small red paint splash at head, still tidy copy
Collins, London, undated but about 1950s.
144pp + colour plates, line illustrations in text.
illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard
VG- hardback, cloth slightly faded in VG unclipped dust jacket
OUP 1961 first thus cloth, 327pp + plates. Line illustrations within the text. [#1876 fairy tales]
Maps of the various nations and empires of antiquity.
G spine faded, split joints, private library markings to end papers, internally VG but may need rebind to tidy up
Dent Everyman 1910 16mo cloth, x pp+ xxvii coloured folding maps + 90 pp index. [# 732 anct hst]
The story of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is the chief myth of Britain. But is it something more than myth? Most scholars now regard Arthur's reality as probable and accept 'Arthurian Britain' as a meaningful historical term. Solid facts have emerged through the recent work of archaeologists. The Quest for Arthur's Britain examines the historical foundations of the Arthurian tradition, and then, in five archaeological chapters, presents the results of excavations to date at Cadbury (reputed site of Camelot), Tintagel, Glastonbury and less-known places. An outline of Arthurian Britain takes shape, and several fascinating questions emerge. For example, were the Dark Ages in Britain a transitory, unimportant period? Or did the Celtic resistance against the Anglo-Saxons - a resistance identified with Arthur- have a profound effect on the development of the British Isles? A collection of peices on Arthurian research, literary and archeological.
Paladin 1975 paperback, 238pp+ plates. [#2680]
Paladin 1977 paperback, 238pp+ plates. [#621, 3220 ]
VG- bookseller stamp and name to first page, stamp to closed fore edge, some bookworming to page margins.
$8 C/B [Item# 232 ANCLT]
Penguin Classics 1984 paperback,373pp. Ancient British historical literature from the founding of Britain by Brutus the Trojan, Roman and Saxon invasions, much on Arthur and Merlin, includes The Prophecies of Merlin. Ceases with the crowning of Athelstan. ISBN 0140441700
Gawain was once the most important knight at Arthur's court, a shining example of all that was best in chivalry at the time.
But as the popularity of the Arthurian romances grew the character of Gawain diminished, leaving him represented as a villain rather than as Champion of the Goddess.
This result of more than 20 years research into Arthurian and Celtic texts presents a unique view of the mythology of Britain, and the historical changes over a period of many hundreds of years in the religious and mystical traditions of the British.
celtic, british, arthurian, myth, Matter of Britain, grail, grail quest, goddess
VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
The Aquarian Press 1990 first edition, 208pp
Profusely illustrated account of the Grail legend and myth throughout history. Covers the exoteric and esoteric doctrines, the theme in literature and it's relation to Alchemy and Celtic myth.
VG softback, name blacked out to title page.
Thames and Hudson 1999, 96pp.
G archival taped spine, light staining to prelims, worn wraps
$9 C/B [RM 65]
Dent Everymans 1988 paperback xxvi 526pp includes introduction, bibliography, glossary. ISBN 0460116983 grail king arthur celtic myth romance
Behind the haloed and pure figure of the Holy Mother of God in Christian theology lies an altogether more pagan goddess, an Eternal Woman. In conflict with the Immaculate Virginity is a Queen of Heaven, an Earth Mother and a Symbol of Fertility. For many Catholic and non-Catholic Christians the deity to whom they plead for intercession is Mary and not the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Is this because, asks Geoffrey Ashe, Mary is no less than a reappearance of that earliest of all supernatural beings- the Earth Goddess? The New Testament provides remarkably little information about Mary - how did the Immaculate Conception really take place, did Mary have a sexual relationship with Joseph, why did Mary never see the Risen Christ, when and how did she die, how many Marys in fact were there ? The beliefs of the Church seem to have sprung up despite the biblical evidence and separate again are the traditions of Mary-worship that have evolved all over the Mediterranean and beyond. The myth and cult of Mary leads not only to a redefinition of fundamental religious impulse but to a reappraisal of femininity itself. ISBN0586082697
Paladin 1976 paperback 268pp + plates. [#620 anc hst]
Is the account given by Plato historically true?
Castleden first considers the location of Atlantis, re-examining two suggestions put forward in the early twentieth century; Minoan Crete and Minoan Thera.
He outlines the latest research findings on Knossos and Bronze Age Thera, discussing the material culture, trade empire and agricultural system, writing and wall paintings, art, religion and society of the Minoan civilization.
He demonstrates the many parallels between Plato's narrative and the Minoan Civilization in the Aegean.
Castleden discusses how the recent idea of Atlantis as a lost utopia has become confused with Plato's genuine account.
ancient history, atlantean, utopia, earth changes, lost civilisations, classical studies, mediterranean
Routledge 2001 first softcover edition, 225pp.
An investigation of the ancient and sometimes legendary civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean as well as Atlantis etc, with some way-out excursions into strange places!
Mu, Lemuria, Europa, Aryan Prehistory, Ancient Mysteries, Grail, Ancient technology, cataclysms, megalithic construction, lost civilisations
VG softback (sewn binding)
Adventures Unlimited Press 1996 First Edition, 488pp.
Here you will find in depth research and documentaion to support the bloodline of Jesus thesis. Priory of Sion, Knights Templar etc. ISBN0224017357
VG hardback but lacks dust jacket.
Cape 1982 reprint, hard cover. [#2169 ancient history]
Includes some details of Saxon kingly genealogy and William the Conqueror's heirs. ISBN0006329489VG paperback
Twenty Egyptian texts dating from circa 2400 BCE to 250 BCE on historical, religious, funereal, and other topics printed in hieroglyphics together with transliterations and a complete vocabulary. Includes full English translations of 8 of the texts.
ancient egypt, hieroglyphs, texts
G+ softback, has crease to the front cover.
Dover 1993, liv 593pp.
Complete war diaries of Caesar. Gallic Wars and the Civil War.
VG- paperback with light reading crease to spine, aged.
Mentor MD280 1960 first edition thus paperback, edges dyed red by publisher, 335pp. [Item# 188 HST]
Ancient Roman history of the conquest of Gaul by Caesar.
G+ paperback, spine light wear, minor stain to lower corner of some pages.
Penguin 1951 first edition paperback, 283pp. [Item# 333 ANCLT]
Ancient Roman history of the conquest of Gaul by Caesar. ISBN0140444335
Good only paperback with damped bottom corner of some pages, name to fep and top edge.
Penguin 1988 revised edition paperback, 283pp.[# ]
Ancient Roman history of the conquest of Gaul by Caesar. ISBN0140440216
VG paperback with name at front.
Penguin 1974 paperback, 283pp [Item # 335 ANCLT]
VG hardback in VG dust jacket
Orbis 1982 cloth 433pp [#520 ancient history ]
Intended to be used to interpret the symbology encountered in dreams, relies heavily on Jungian symbolism. ISBN0586083510
VG softback with a light crease to cover corner
Granada Paladin 1982 first edition paperback, xv 459pp. [RM 74]
English translation of a classic text on symbols and symbolism. ISBN071020017X
VG softback with sewn binding, light crease to corner
Routledge 1983,lv +419pages. [RM 55]
Much on Osiris and Esoteric Osiris as well as mythological symbology, illustrated in line. ISBN0500271127
VG softback with minor tape stain to half title, sunned spine
Thames & Hudson 1978 softcover 292 pages. [RM70]
Reprints 'A Handbook of Legendary and Mythological Art (1876) ISBN1858911354
Bracken Books 1994 trade paper x 510pp. [#528 ancient history]
Photographic reproductions of illustrations. ISBN0500271259
VG softback with light fade to covers, light pencil marking to frontis.
Thames and Hudson 1982, 207pp. [RM 165]
Reprints articles from various British Israelite sources, interesting material on early British history and christianity.
British Israelite, Aryan, Christianity, Christian Identity, Religion, History
G+ softback, soiled wrappers, name and price stamp to half title.
Association of the Covenant People undated, 158pp.
VG old copperplate ink inscription to fep, lightly rubbed boards.
$30 B/A [RM 185]
Hughes A'i Fab, Heol Estyn undated (early twentieth century?) cloth, small pocket size, 96pp + plates in line. Contains; Pwyll, Pendefig Dyfed / Branwen Ferch Llyr / Manawyddan Fab Llyr / Math Fab Mathonwy. Completely in Welsh.
A complete anthropological study of fairy-lore in Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany.
Taken from first-hand interviews with witnesses, as well as Celtic literature and mythology, the historical and cultural record.
fairies, sidhe, little folk, alfar, pagan, heathen,
Colin Smythe 1988, 524 pages.
An epic history of Greece and Rome, from the foundation of Greek democracy to the expansion of the Roman Empire. ISBN9780141037615
VG paperback with minor cup ring to cover
$8 A/ B
Penguin Books 2008, 704 pages.[PB1429 ancient history, classical]
VG G chipped with loss
$7 A/A [RM 64]
Watts & Co (Thinker's Library #100) 1945 hardcover vii 184pp being ch 1-7 of the abridged Golden Bough viz 'The King of the Wood''Priestly Kings' 'Sympathetic Magic''Magic & Religion''The Magical Control of the Weather''Magicians as Kings''Incarnate Human Gods'
VG dulled cloth
$25 C/C [RM 156]
MacMillan 1940 cloth, xiv 752pp. Top edge dusted red, very clean but mild ageing showing to paper stock. Abridged from the unwieldy 12 volume edition cutting out superfluous references etc.
$10 C/B [RM 199]
MacMillan in St Martins Librry 1957 first thus softcover, viii 485-971. Second part of a 2 volume abridgement. Dying Gods, Corn Spirits, Scapegoats, Balder, Fire festivals.
Gibbon's monumental history of the Roman Empire, from the beginning up to the end of the Byzantines.
Introduction by Hugh Trevor-Roper.
A landmark in its time for classical and historiographical scholarship, its fame rests more on the scope and force of Gibbon’s argument and the brilliance of his style.
The first part, being volumes 1-3 (of 6) of The Millenium Library edition, which uses the Everyman Edition of 1910.
Part 1 includes chapters 1-36 (upto 490 C.E.)
part one, gibbon's rome
VG+ hardbacks in VG+ dust jackets (no slipcase present).
Everymans Library 1993, cxxv 567pp xx 592pp xix 556pp
Amended and enlarged edition
The outcome of Robert Graves's vast reading and curious research into strange territories of folklore, mythology, religion, and magic. Erudite and impassioned, it is a scholar-poet's quest for the meaning of European myths, a polemic about the relations between man and woman, and also an intensely personal document in which Graves explores the sources of his own inspiration and, as he believed, all true poetry. Perhaps the finest of Robert Graves's works on the psychological and mythological sources of poetry. Graves explores the stories behind the earliest of European deities the White Goddess of Birth, Love, and Death, who was worshipped under countless titles. He also uncovers the obscure and mysterious power of "pure poetry" and its peculiar and mythic language. A foundation work for modern neo-paganism and wiccan witchcraft.
Farrar, Straux, Giroux 1978 eleventh printing, 511pp. [#2817 mythology, ancient history ]
VG softback, sunned spine
Farrar, Straux, Giroux 1979 eleventh printing, 511pp. [# 172 RM mythology, ancient history ]
G+ covers worn to edges $8 C/B [Item# 384 RM] Bantam 1973 paperback, xvii 299pp, illustrated in the text. 'A psychological interpretation of the feminine principle as portrayed in myth, Story and Dreams.' Concentrates on Egyptian, Classical and Near Eastern Moon worship. Introduction by C G Jung. ISBN 55307651195
VG VG- light chipping to spine ends of DW. $8 C/B [Item# 380 RM] Readers Union 1963 first thus hardcover, 280pp + plates. Illustrated within text. Philosophical and religious history of the sun in the cultures of the past, as well as a look into the science as well. Good overview of Egyptian and Graeco-Roman sun worship.
G+ wear to cover edges, browned pages
$9 C/B [RM 140]
Paladin 1978 softcover, 349pp. A full account with great detail of various British customs, including defunct ones. ISBN 058608293X
VG name to first page
$8 B/B [RM 73]
Dent Everyman 1992 paperback xliv 291pp with introduction, bibliography, guide to pronunciation. Welsh Celtic national epic mythological history. ISBN 0460870661
Translations of Hen-Thorir, The Vapnfjord Men, Thorstein Staff-struck, Hrafnkel the Priest of Frey, Eirik the Red, Thidrandi whom the Goddesses Slew, Authun and the Bear, Gunnlaug Wormtongue and King Hrolf and his Champions.
G+ paperback with sunned spine
Oxford University Press World's Classics 1980, 318 pages.
ISBN0192815288 [PB1421 ancient history mythology ]
$35 B/B [Item# 318 HST]
Croom Helm 1985 first edition, softcover, xvii 260pp + maps. Extracts from ancient sources, grouped together under topics related to the governing of the Empire. ISBN 070991668X
VG spine leans
$15 C/B [HST 21]
Bracken Books 1996 facsimile of original 1949 second edition, trade paperback, 386pp. From prehistory, stone and iron ages, and the conversion to christianity. Celtic history and religion. ISBN 1851705368
$30 C/B [RM 206]
Dent Everyman Library nd circa 1920, cloth, x 295pp. Includes in depth study of the Inspiration of Death in Folk-Poetry, Nature in folk-songs, Armenian, Venetian, Sicilian folk-songs, Greek folk-songs of Calabria, Folk-Songs of Provence, The White Paternoster, the Diffusion of Ballads, Songs for the rite of May, The idea of Fate ijn Southern Traditions, Folk Lullabies, Folk Dirges. very tidy copy.
$25 C/C [RM 60]
Element 1994 FIRST EDITION softcover 456pp shamanic memory, initiation, shape shifting, prophecy, divination, sidhe. By respected celtic scholars. ISBN 1852305606
Revised edition with Prose and Verse Texts and glossary.
A comprehensive introduction to Old English, combining simple, clear philology with the best literary works to provide a compelling and accessible beginners guide.
Uses a practical approach suited to the needs of the beginning student.
Features selections from the greatest works of Old English literature. Includes a discussion of Anglo-Saxon literature, history, and culture, and a bibliography directing readers to useful publications on the subject.
Basil Blackwell 1988, 354pp. [#2763 ancient history, anglo-saxon, old english literature ]
VG name date and price to half title, light wear to wrappers.
$15 C/C [RM 208]
Newcastle Publishing 1993 softcover, facsimile of 1882 edition. With line drawings of statuary etc. ISBN 0878771824
VG used, one copy has book sale stamp to first page.
$10 C/B [HST 20]
Fontana paperback, 320pp + plates. History of ancient Greece from the age of myth through the Dark Age and upto the Persian War. ISBN 0006861083
VG- college library stamp inside cover, light wear.
$10 B/A [RM 182]
Hogarth Press 1986 paperback,135pp + plates. Focuses on years 80 BCE to 69 CE and the Augustan Age. Argues that the Roman religion was an intelligent and dignified interpretation of how the world functions and eminently practical for its adherents. ISBN 0701207310
The history of the Earls of Orkney. The only Norse Saga concerned with the British Isles, and the Viking conquest of Northern Scotland.
G+ paperback $8 A/A Penguin 1981. 251 pages plus maps at rear. ISBN0140443835 [PB1414 ancient history british norse ]
Translated from the Papyri, First Series IVth to XIIth Dynasty
VG hardback with foxed closed edges.$45 C/B Methuen 1918 third edition, blind dec cloth, 145pp. Illustrated by Tristram Ellis. Ten tales from ancient Egyptian papyri. [#2305 ancient history]
VG used, name stamp to first page.
$10 C/B [Item# 317 ANCLT]
Penguin Classics 1986 paperback, 443pp. With maps. ISBN 0140442863
Fifth edition of this classical studies text book from Pearson.
VG softback $35 B/C Pearson Prentice Hall 2007, 732 pages ISBN9780131962941 [#2276 ancient history ]
Traces the pagan roots of all things christmassy, back to the Northern European shamanic roots.
Historical and Neo-pagan sourcebook.
Woden, Odin, Wild Hunt, Christmas, Yule, Santa Claus, Pagan traditions, Hooded Man, Herne
Llewellyn 1995 first edition, 184pp.
First published in 1981, this is the shorter work of the two volume set A History of Greek Art, intended for a general readership.
The abbreviation has been achieved by the selection of fewer objects for discussion rather than by a more summary treatment and the particular qualities of the larger History have been preserved.
classical history, classical art, hellenismos, hellenic, european, culture
Cambridge University Press, 1989, 240pp.
VG name to fep. $10 A/B [Item# 336 ANCLT] Penguin 1983 paperback, 240pp. Roman History ISBN 0140441328
$10 C/B [RM 128]
Senate 1996 paperback, 312pp facsimile reprint on newsprint stock of 1930 book on the history of the unicorn. Well illustrated in b&w. ISBN 0091851351
The history of the Caesars from Julius to Domitian. Covering the Roman rulers from Julius Caesar to Domitian, this remains one of the richest and most fascinating of all Latin histories. Suetonius gathered much of his information from eye-witnesses, checking his facts carefully and quoting conflicting evidence without bias. But his history is also the most vivid and the raciest account we have of scandalous and amusing incidents in the domestic lives of the first Caesars. Penguin Classics. ISBN0140440720
Penguin 1989, 363pp.[PB1433 ancient history rome]
The surviving parts of Tacitus' works on the death of Nero in 68 c.e. and the civil unrest that followed, seeing four emperors struggle to assert their rule. AD 69, the year following Nero's suicide and marking the end of the first dynasty of imperial Rome, was one of the most dramatic and dangerous in the city's history. In the surviving books of his Histories, the great barrister-historian Tacitus gives a gripping account of the 'long but single year' that saw the reigns of four emperors: disciplinarian Galba; conspirator and dandy Otho; unambitious hedonist Vitellius; and pragmatic victor Vespasian, who went on to establish the Flavian dynasty. Penguin Classics. ISBN0140441506
Penguin 1991, 336pp [PB1432 ancient history rome]
VG+ $15 C/B [Item# 431 HST] Arrow 2003 paperback, xxv 582pp + plates. An investigation of the Oracle of the Dead and the Sibyl's grottoes at Cuma (Cumae) and Baia (Baiae) and the Western tradition of prophesy based on soothsayers and Sibyls, later compared to the Chinese tradition of Yarrow stick oracles. Author investigates the archaeological remains and reconstructs the Descent into the Underworld from the literary evidence as given in Virgi, homer and others. ISBN 009941466X
A reconstruction of ancient history from the Exodus to King Akhenaton. Cosmological interpretation of mythological source material, compelling theory, very controversial in its time, now considered at least a plausible possibility.
VG hardback in Good only dust jacket with edge wear, loss to spine ends. Split along joint so front detached from spine. US sheets printed by Doubleday but bound in Sidgwick and Jackson boards. $45 C/C Doubleday/ Sidgwick and Jackson 1952 first edition, 350pp + 9pp of reviews for Worlds in collision. [#2483 ancient history ]
$30 C/C[RM 166]
Quest Books/Theosophical Publishing House 1993 revised edition softcover, xx 266pp. Includes an appendix on West's redating of the Sphinx. Over 140 photos and drawings. The author tells of hermetic messages in the heiroglyphs, sophisticated Egyptian sciences, Egyptian knowledge recieved from an earlier civilization, and the geological proof of this from the Sphinx. ISBN 0835606910