The Night of the Gods: An Inquiry into Cosmic and Cosmogonic Mythology and Symbolism
O’Neill, John. The Night of the Gods: An Inquiry into Cosmic and Cosmogonic Mythology and Symbolism
London: Bernard Quaritch, 1893 (volume 1); David Nutt, 1897 (volume 2). Hardback 8vo; two volumes; first edition. 1077 pp. Publisher’s original dark blue cloth with gilt titles to front boards and spines; black and white illustrations throughout; royal blue endpapers. Condition: Good; small closed tears to head and tail of spines; front hinges loose but intact in both volumes; first two pages of volume 1 detached but present; small punctures to FFEP; previous owner’s name to reverse of frontispiece in both volumes; spines rubbed and bumped, but title gilt sharp and clear. $800
An exceedingly rare title, available elsewhere almost exclusively as a reprint, this classic on polar symbolism in Celtic, Norse, Roman, and Chinese mythologies contains ancient depictions of stellar maps and sun and moon rituals.