First Edition of Joseph Campbell's The Mythic Image; Inscribed by Him
The Mythic Image.
Item Number: 74041
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1974.
First edition of Campbell’s major study of the mythology of the world’s high civilizations over five millennia. Folio, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page.
During his early years as a professor of comparative religion at Sarah Lawrence College, Campbell made the acquaintance of Indologist Heinrich Zimmer, a kindred spirit who introduced him to Paul and Mary Mellon, the founders of Bollingen Series. They chose Campbell's The Mythic Image as the culmination of the series, giving it the closing position--number one hundred. A lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced study of the mythology of the world's high civilizations, The Mythic Image received a front-cover review in the New York Times Book Review upon publication. Through the medium of visual art, the book explores the relation of dreams to myth and demonstrates the important differences between oriental and occidental interpretations of dreams and life.