First Edition of the Author’s Seminal Work; Inscribed by the author to fellow writers Barbara Howes and William Jay Smith

  • The Hero With A Thousand Faces.
  • The Hero With A Thousand Faces.

The Hero With A Thousand Faces.

Item Number: 3393

New York: Pantheon Books, 1949.

First edition. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 22 textual drawings, 12 plates. Light wear, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the spine. Inscribed by the author, "To Barbara and Bill with love and joy in their return, Joe April 6, 1951." The recipients were the poets Barbara Howes and William Jay Smith, with their bookplate to the inside gutter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice association copy of this classic work, that is uncommon signed.

In his seminal work, Joseph Campbell explores the theory that important myths from around the world have survived for thousands of years all share a fundamental structure, which he called the monomyth. Campbell's theory has been consciously applied by a wide variety of modern writers and artists, among them the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas.