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Bulfinch's Mythology Unbound – Import, October, 2000
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There are just a couple of negatives here. The particular edition I have has a lot of typographical errors in it. There were such things as a sentence beginning "She..." when clearly it should have begun "The...", for example. Further, one can find fuller retellings of specific stories in other places. These are minor points, however. Bulfinch is still the classic introduction and source for mythological tales. Plus, as I said, it's great fun. Most people can profit from Bulfinch. Fantasy fans should especially love it.
1. This version has no maps or drawings. (Granted, nowhere does it say it is illustrated.)
2. The footnotes are a mess: they have been inserted inline with the text [Footnote: Example] which is odd. In addition, many of the footnotes are [Footnote: See Proverbial Expressions] yet the section of Proverbial Expressions is left out of this edition.
3. The glossary is virtually worthless. In my illustrated version, the "glossary" is a Dictionary and Index. It gives you good information and page numbers so you can refer to the item in the book, especially helpful if it is a person who appears several times in the book. Also, the glossary in this edition has significantly fewer entries.
4. The illustrated version also has an index of the poets Bulfinch quotes, which is quite extensive. If you want to see examples of Milton using mythology in Paradise Lost, it is quite easy to look up. However, the poet index is completely omitted in this edition.
The worst part is that if someone is not familiar with Bulfinch's Mythology and they get this edition, they will get the information, but will miss the value, as this is not a book so much designed to be read cover to cover as it is to be read alongside Virgil or Ovid to help in understanding As Bulfinch has synthesized the myths and legends. It is a wonderful book, but this edition is missing some of the most important things.
I would recommend shelling out a few more dollars and getting a better edition.