Pantheon of the Heathen Gods – Andrew Tooke (1793)

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Pantheon of the Heathen Gods – Andrew Tooke (1793)

S$147.00

Title: The Pantheon Representing the Fabulous Histories of the Heathen Gods and Illustrious Heroes of Antiquity
Author: Andrew Tooke
Publisher: Silvester Doig, 1793.
Condition: Cloth bound, in poor condition. Book has been badly restored and has some stains and minor annotations in pencil. Binding intact. Contains 27 out of the original 28 beautiful plates with copper engravings of the various characters in Greek mythology. Plate 23 appears to be missing.

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About the book (from Wikipedia):

Tooke’s Pantheon, full title Tooke’s Pantheon of the Heathen Gods and Illustrious Heroes, was a work on Greek mythology.

The Jesuit François Pomey (1619-1673) authored the Pantheum mythicum seu fabulosa deorum historia. The Pantheum mythicum 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 Tooke’s 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.