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Sun Lore of All Ages: A Collection of Myths and Legends by William Tyler Olcott.

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DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 346 pages. Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc; (2005). From the ruins of Greek and Roman temples to Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun and the enduring mysteries of Stonehenge, this captivating study circles the earth in its examination of sun legends, traditions, and superstitions that all cultures have woven about the sun. Starting with solar creation myths, this volume explores ancient ideology surrounding the sun and moon, solar mythology, and folklore.

An extended analysis of sun worship around the world leads to accounts of sun-catcher myths and solar festivals. Omens, traditions, and superstitions are discussed at length, along with the solar significance of burial customs and emblematic and symbolic forms of the sun. The book concludes with a look at the sun in light of scientific discovery. Thirty evocative illustrations complement the text.

CONDITION: New oversized softcover. Dover (2005) 346 pages. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING!

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PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW.

PUBLISHER REVIEW:

REVIEW: William Tyler Olcott was the professional astronomer's ideal amateur. He was willing to put up with the regimentation, systemization and discipline of the field in exchange for the opportunity of contributing to astronomy. Olcott's profession was law, and through its ritual and hierarchy, he was capable of flourishing under the command of professional astronomers like Pickering. Contents/Chapter Headings: Solar Creation Myths; Ancient Ideas of the Sun and the Moon; Solar Mythology; Solar Folk-Lore; Sun Worship; Sun-Catcher Myths; Solar Festivals; Solar Omens, Traditions and Superstitions; Solar Significance of Burial Customs. Orientation; Emblematic and Symbolic Forms of the Sun; and The Sun Revealed by Science.

PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS:

REVIEW: Sun worship, in its most primitive form, lies at the foundation of our earliest mythologies and religions. This book is a collection of myths from around the world and from all ages. From the more familiar Egyptian, Greek, and Norse worship of the sun, to the lesser known mythologies of the Pacific Islands, Native Americans, and peoples of the Far East, this book gives a comprehensive overview of man’s fascination with the sun.

REVIEW: From the ruins of Greek and Roman temples to Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun and the enduring mysteries of Stonehenge, this captivating study circles the earth in its examination of sun legends, traditions, and superstitions. Starting with solar creation myths, it explores ancient ideology, mythology, and folklore associated with the moon as well as the sun. Thirty evocative illustrations complement the text, which features an extended survey of sun worship, sun-catcher myths, and much more.

READER REVIEW:

REVIEW: First published in 1914 with the subtitle “A Collection of Myths and Legends Concerning the Sun and Its Worship”, this fascinating book recounts the traditions and superstitions that all ages and nations have woven about the sun, from mythology older than Stonehenge to findings from modern observatories.

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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.

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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. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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