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Myths and Legends Series: Germany by Lewis Spence, 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: 379 pages. Publisher: Studio Editions; (1993). Wild and wondrous tales accompany the Rhine on its long journey to the sea; through dense forests and narrow valleys, where mountains loom near to the dark waters, and past gaunt castles looking down from rocky crags. “Germany: Myths & Legends” is arranged so that the stories will illustrate a river journey from sea to source. Sitting on the deck of a Rhine steamer, one can read the legends relating to the various localities in their proper order as they are passed.

At the Zuider Zee, there is the story of the sunken city of Stavoren. At Oppenheim, the gruesome story of the Battle of Skeletons, a lingering folk memory from the all-too real horrors of the Thirty Years’ War. At Cologne, the story of Saint Ursula, who perished there with her retinue of eleven thousand virgins at the hands of barbarians from the North. And at Cleves, the legend of the Knight of the Swan, in which Lohengrin crosses swords with the awesome warrior Telramund for a fair lady’s hand.

From near Bonn comes a tale of the consequences of wealth attained by supernatural means. From across the river there is the beautiful legend of the Drachenfels, the “Dragon’s Rock”, where once dwelled a hideous monster. Passing the grim fortress of Stolzenfels, we read a strange take of alchemy. At Furstenberg the Tale of the Blind Archer. At Rheingrafenstein, the legend of a terrible bargain with Satan. And included, of course, is the greatest Rhine story of them all, the epic Nibelungenlied.

In the preparation of this book the author visited the Rhine, to breath in the atmosphere of mystery and ensure that these stories convey the real spirit of German legend. An introductory chapter describes the history of the region, its folklore, poetry, topography and customs, setting the scenes for the myths and legends that follow. The text is illustrated by thirty-two plates, based on drawings and collotypes by Louis Weirter.

Even today, as modern pleasure boats pass beneath the Lorelei Rock, the legend is told of the beautiful maiden who cast herself from it into the waters to join her shipwrecked lover in death; and there follows that lovely, haunting tune, with many of the passengers aboard spontaneously joining in. This are the ancient legends kept alive and retain their potent appeal.

CONDITION: NEW. New hardcover w/dustjacket. Unblemished except for VERY slight shelfwear to dustjacket. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Condition is entirely consistent with a new book from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble, B. Dalton, etc. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING!




REVIEW: James Lewis Thomas Chalmbers Spence was a Scottish journalist, folklorist, poet and occult scholar. A prolific writer, Spence has been credited in reviving the study of Scottish folklore. After an early career in Scotland as a journalist, about 1906 he began to take a keen interest folklore and mythology. He wrote about Brythonic rites and traditions in The Mysteries of Britain (1905). In this book, Spence theorized that the original Britons were descendants of a people that migrated from Northwest Africa and were probably related to the Berbers and the Basques.

This theory is partially supported by modern day genetic analysis, insofar as Basques and Scots (along with Irish, Portuguese, Welsh and Dutch) have a high frequency of some very ancient Y-chromosomal lineages. He then turned to ancient Mexican and Central American mythology. In 1908, he published “The Popul Vuh”, the sacred book of the Quiché Mayas. This was followed by A Dictionary of Mythology in 1910 and numerous additional volumes. Over his long career, he published more than forty books, many of which remain in print to this day.


REVIEW: “Germany: Myths and Legends” narrates the rich store of legends associated with the Rhine, arranged in the form of a journey down the great river. An exceptional reference sure to delight both students as well as enthusiasts of ancient history and mythology. Highly recommended.


REVIEW: The stories in this volume have been specifically arranged to accompany the traveler along a river journey of the great River Rhine from sea to source in Northern Europe. At the Zuider Zee there is the tale of the sunken city of Stavoren, from Cologne comes the story of Saint Ursula who perished there, from Cleves the legend of Lohengrin, and so on. To set the scene the author begins with a chapter on the history of the region, its folklore, poetry and customs. The text is illustrated by thirty-two plates, based on drawings and collotypes by Louis Weirter. It’s a wonderfully entertaining and educational book with compelling and fascinating illustrations and masterfully related folklore.

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 $24.99 for insured USPS global priority mail (padded flat rate envelope) with delivery confirmation. Some international orders can be sent standard airmail for less. 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 vary a bit from country to country, and not all books will fit into a USPS global priority mail flat rate envelope. Some international orders can be sent standard airmail for less. 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).

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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