London: T & T Clark, 1925 - 1940. Second UK Edition. Hardcovers. Thirteen Volumes, complete set. Large Quartos (11 1/4 x 8 1/4). Vol. I (A--Art); xx + 904pp, Vol. II (Arthur--Bunyan); xxii + 902pp, Vol. III (Burial--Confessions); xvi + 902pp, Vol. IV (Confirmation--Drama); xvi + 908pp, Vol. V (Dravidians--Fichte); xvi + 908pp, Vol. VI (Fiction--Hyksos); xviii + 890pp, Vol. VII (Hymns--Liberty); xx + 912pp, Vol. VIII (Life & Death--Mulla); xx + 910pp, Vol. IX (Mundas--Phrygians); xx + 912pp, Vol. X (Picts--Sacraments); xx + 916pp, Vol. XI (Sacrifice--Sudra); xx + 916pp, Vol. XII (Suffering--Zwingli); xxiv + 876pp, Vol. XIII (Index Volume); x + 758pp. Original red cloth with gilt titles, etc. to spines. Some ills. Vol. I - XII double-column printing, Vol. XIII triple-column printing.
Hastings originally compiled the text of "The Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics" in the first quarter of the twentieth century, with the volumes of the first edition appearing gradually over a period of nearly twenty years (from 1908 to 1927) under the imprints of T. & T. Clark in Edinburgh for the UK edition, and Charles Scribner's Sons in New York for the U.S. edition. A second edition (of which this set is a 1955 reprint) appeared between 1925 & 1940. The scope of the work had quickly grown to encompass all the major facets, historical, practical, and philosophical, of all known creeds and religions, from all time and cultures, as well as delving into related subjects in anthropology, folk-religion and magic; ethnography, mythology, folklore, biology, mysticism, psychology, economics, and sociology. The list of contributors extended well past 300, and reads something like a "Who' Who" of contemporary experts and scholars. Thus T. W. Rhys Davids contributed numerous pieces on different aspects of Indic religious belief and philosophical thought; the Psychical researcher abd Logician James Hervey Hsylop several diverse studies; Sylvain Levi on Abhidharma etc., James Baikie on religion etc. of the ancient Middle East; Alfred Ernest Crawley on folk-lore, marriage customs etc.; William Crooke; South-Asian folk-lore, anthropology, etc; Sir James Frazer on Indonesian Literature; Moses Gaster on Semitic charms, amulets, etc. etc. The Editor, James Hastings (1852 – 1922), was a Scottish clergyman and Biblical scholar, a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, a member of the Council of the Palestine Explorations Fund who before embarking on the "The Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics" had edited the "Dictionary of the Bible" (5 vols.: 1898–1904) and the "Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels" (2 vols. 1901). An unusually bright and clean set. There is a little uneven fading to the front board of the Index volume ("Volume XIII"), a few very light marks to the boards of some of the other volumes, and occasional light bumps to the corners or edges. The edges of the text blocks are a little darkened, with a touch of flecking to the top edge of a few volumes. All hinges are solid and uncracked, pages bright and clean. A bright, tight, unmarked VG+ set, and genuinely unusual thus. This is a very large, heavy set - additional shipping costs will apply to all destinations. Item #68716