The Mythology and Fables of the Ancients, Explain’d From History. Vol. II
London, A. Miller, 1740
8vo. (20x12cm),  + 619 pages. Volume 2 only.
Generally a good, readable copy. Light browning to the surface of the pages, some off-setting of the ink onto the facing page, occasionally quite heavy, but not effecting legibility. The top edge of the pages somewhat dusty and some pages with a crease in the corner. A few other marks. The title page a little creased, with some staining and a tear approximately 1cm long at the top and a tiny hole at the bottom. A blank leaf before the title page creased, the front endpaper with a previous owner’s name and some ink scrawl.
Bound in brown leather, probably contemporary with the book. The binding extensively worn, but pleasing. The surface rubbed and the corners of the binding worn away, with loss of leather and board. A strip of leather missing at the top of the spine. The leather cracked on the hinges and the front cover working loose.
A fascinating compendium of ancient myths and fables. Banier is one of the earliest writers on the subject to develop a systematic approach to mythology.