Boston: American Book Company, 1895. With 24 illustrations. 12mo. Dark green cloth with gold stamped spine. (looks brown in the picture for some reason). Former owner's bookplate on front pastedown endpaper. Cover shows a touch of rubbing. Very good condition. Item #711
The aim of this handbook of Northern mythology is to familiarize the English student of letters with the religion of his heathen ancestors, and to set forth, as clearly as possible, the various myths which have exercised an influence over our customs, arts, and literature.. . . . .The most distinctive traits of the Northern mythology are a peculiar grim humor which is found in the religion of no other race, and a dark thread of tragedy which runs throughout the whole woof. These two characteristics , touching both extremes of the scale, have colored Northern thought, and have left their indelible imprint upon all our writings even to this day.