Religion and Myth.

London: David Nutt, 1893. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. xiv + 240 pp. Maroon cloth with gilt titling to spine. Pebbled cloth binding is obviously contemporary with the book, but perhaps a second issue, as it is not as elaborate as that usually seen. The author was inspired to compile this study of the religious observances and social customs of African tribes after reading Frazer's "Golden Bough." While he was reticent about claiming any scholarly merit for the book, he based it on his own observations during a long residence in Africa, reinforced by references to a number of standard works on the subject. Chapter titles: Primitive Man and the Supernatural; Guarding Divinity; Evolution of Deity; Sacrifice; Taboos; Expulsion of Demons; Witchcraft; Harvest Festivals; Prophecy; Social Usages; Acts Of Devotion - Myths; Woman; Courtesies Of Life, Dress; Reforms: Index. Most gatherings uncut. Very light rubbing and bumping to spine ends, edges and corners; page edges darkened; light foxing to early and later pages. Otherwise, a solid and clean VG copy. No dust jacket (believe none issued). Item #4468

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