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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381739993956 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Myths and Legends Series: Celtic by T.W. Rolleston, with Illustrations from Drawings and Famous Paintings. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 456 pages. Publisher: Bracken Books; (1992). 1986 Hardcover reprint of the 1911 classic, “Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race” by W. T. Rolleston. Presently published only in paperback (and at $42.95), when “Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race” was first published in 1911 it was a landmark in the study of the Celts. After outlining the history and religious beliefs of the Celts, T. W. Rolleston devotes the major part of this book to what is the oldest, non-classical literature of Europe; the great cycles of Celtic legend tracing the development of Celtic literature right back to its origins in myth and legend and up to when these elements gave way to free literary invention. It is a work of scholarship, using a wide variety of both primary and secondary sources in European literature, as well as oral traditions still existing among the Irish and the Welsh at the time he wrote this book. It covers the Irish Invasion Myths, including the invasion on the People of the God Dana and the invasion of the Milesians; tales of the Ultonian Cycle and the Ossianic cycle, and also the Voyages of Maeldun. Legends of Wales tell of Merlin and Pwyll, head of Hades, Pryderi and Manawydden, Arthur Olwen, Rhoabwy, Owain, Edith and Geraint. Of great interest is the Tale of Peredur and the Cauldron of the Dagda, so close to the legend of the Holy Grail, and the Tale of Taliesin. This is a book that will be enjoyed by all who have any interest in their Celtic origins, and indeed by all those who are interested in early literature. CONDITION: NEW. New hardcover w/dustjacket. Studio/Bracken Books (1992) 456 pages. Unblemished except slight edge and corner shelfwear to dustjacket, which includes a very neatly repaired one inch closed edge tear to the upper right corner of the front side, and a little fold-mark crease to the bottom edge of the back side of the dustjacket. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread (though of course it's possible it was flipped through once or twice while on the bookstore shelf). HOWEVER I would add however that the (top and fore) edges of the pages when closed seem to be slightly age-yellowed (visible only when book is closed, not to individual pages, only to the mass of closed page edges). There's also a couple of tiny, minute little "dings" to the fore-edge mass of closed page edges, again, not visible to individual pages, just to the block of closed page edges. Condition is otherwise entirely consistent with new stock from a open-stock bookstore environment (such as Barnes & Noble or B. Dalton) wherein new books might show minor signs of shelfwear, consequence of simply being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #2046F. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: During the Iron Age, more than 2000 years ago, Celts dominated Europe. In many tribes, bound together only by a common racial stock and the influence of the Druidic religion, they occupied much of the continent. Now their descendents are confined to the Atlantic fringes, and it is here that the mythology of the Celts must be sought. For some four centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, Ireland was the refuge of learning and the source of literary and philosophical culture for half of Europe. Indeed the verse forms of Celtic poetry have probably played the main parts in determining the structure of modern verse, while the myths and legends of the Gaelic and Cymric peoples kindled the imagination of a host of continental poets. Nevertheless the mythology of the Celts is today less familiar than that of the Vikings or Teutons, even though it contains many striking tales of imagination and romance, with heroes and heroines to rival those of the Rhineland or the North. Lugh, the sun god of the Celts; Llew Llaw Gyffes, “The Lion of the Sure Hand”; Finn Mac Cumhal, Captain of the Fianna of Erin; and the formidable Maev, Queen of Connacht. Perhaps no country has place names so charged with legendary associations as are those of Ireland. Poetry and myth are still closely wedded to the very soil of the land. The majority of the stories related in this book are of Irish origin, including the legends of Lugh, reckoned to be the flower of Irish romance; tales of the Danaans and the Milesian kings; the Conorian cycle, from the bleak hills and rugged coasts of Ulster; and the gentler more mysterious Ossian cycle, with its great hero, Finn. The oldest of the Welsh legens are collected in the “Mabinogion”, which include some less well-known tales of the court of King Arthur. “Celtic Myths and Legends” provides an immensely readable introduction to this neglected subject, and sets it in its proper historical perspective by surveying the history of the Celts, from their golden age, when a Gallic army could plunder Rome, to their downfall at the hands of a mighty Roman Empire and the mass migrations of the Germanic tribes. Included are accounts of the Celts as soon through the eyes of ancient writers, their customs, religious beliefs, and the related sacred monuments. The text is accompanied by 45 delightful illustrations, a glossary, index, and genealogical tables to help the reader follow the dynastic fortunes of the Houses of Don, Llye, and King Arthur. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: This book, written about 1911 and reproduced many times, is an important historical and mostly complete view of the Celtic people, their culture, legends, religion, and relation to their influence on the development of western civilization. However, this is not a book for light reading or for those with limited reading capability. It was written in the scholastic style, prevalent at the time. It is somewhat like a textbook, and was probably intended for collegiate or theological education. What makes this book important to anyone wishing to learn about the Celtic peoples is the very accurate depiction of the myths and characters that comprise the Celtic pantheon. It not only depicts the mythology, but a very accurate depiction of the historical and cultural development of the Celts throughout Europe. It is well suited to individuals engaged in learning about pagan beliefs, or undergoing study of Celtic mystical belief systems for their spiritual development. Serious readers should not be inhibited from completion of this book, due to its somewhat difficult and scholastic prose. If you want to learn all the necessary legends that influenced the development of modern Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and (partially) British culture, this book is an essential addition to your library. For more specific information on Celtic witchcraft, Druidic lifestyle, or current adaptations of Celtic paganism, more modern and specific texts would be needed for further study. REVIEW: The part played by the Celtic race has a formative influence in the history, literature and the art of the people inhabiting the British Islands, a people which from that center have spread its dominions over so vast an area of the earth's surface, have been unduly obscured in popular thought. It is for the Anglo-Celtic, not Anglo-Saxon, people that this account of the early history, religion and the mythical and romantic literature of the Celtic race is written. Illustrated. REVIEW: Excellent, accurate and detailed research work. The author has done his homework and reviewed many original sources to give us remarkable insights into the life of the Celts and their mythology and belief systems. Reset with fresh illustrations together with an extensive index and glossary. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This book is meant to give the reader a general conception of the subject of the Celtic myths. The stories are too abundant to be added in their full content in a volume of this size. Celtic Myths and Legends breaks the myths into eight chapters starting with Celts in Ancient History, Religion of the Celts and takes the reader on a trip through the Irish Invasion Myths, Early Milesian Kings, Ultonian Cycle, Ossianic Cycle, Voyage of Maeldun and Myths and Tales of the Cymry. There is a brief, but insightful explanation of the Arthurian Myths. The numerous black and white illustrations reveal the rich clothing and armor of the ancient Celts. I have read many books on the Celtic myths and this one was the most helpful to me. I like the way the stories are broken up into shorter paragraphs with subtitles to make them easier to read and understand. There are dates given as to when these tales may have been written and when some of the legendary characters may have lived. The dates were really helpful to me and made it easier for me to understand the stories. It is interesting to see how the stories change as Christianity takes over. I think this is a great book for students and general readers who are interested in the Celtic myths. REVIEW: This is another wonderful collection of myths and legends along the lines of the Celtic Myth and Legend by Charles Squire. Published in 1911, it of course suffers from outdated scholarship, but here is the tales are the more primary focus and what tales they are. We are taken through the standard cycles of Irish myth and into Welsh stories, but these retellings are well done. The book includes long narratives on Cuchulain and Fion MacCumhal, as well as a complete itinerary for the legendary Voyage of Maelduin. Geneological tables help the often tightly woven familial relationships come alive and the Glossary and Index is notable for helpful, understandable pronunciations for some of the more difficult words and names. This is a fine fireside read. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. 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