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Lot 1214: 2V George Webbe Dasent THE STORY OF BURNT NJAL 1861 First Edition Antique Icelandic History Culture & Folklore Tenth Century Saga Oral Tradition
by National Book Auctions
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Story of Burnt Njal or Life in Iceland at the End of the Tenth Century
Author: George Webbe Dasent - Sir George Webbe Dasent was a translator of folk tales and contributor to The Times.
Publisher: Edmonston and Douglas
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: This is an English translation of the Icelandic Njal Saga, which was written down in its present form by the year 1200 AD. The first 200+ pages provide a historical background and description of the culture, government, religion, customs, etc. of the Icelandic Northmen (volume I). The remainder of the work contains the Saga, which was an oral tradition of even remoter antiquity.
Condition / Notes: This antique set is bound in quarter-leather with brown cloth covers and stmaped gilt lettering/ruling along with raised bands on the spines. There is moderate external rubbing and wear, concentrated at the edges. The binding is solid. There are library pockets and bookplates on the pastedowns. The pages show mild age toning and scattered foxing/tide marking.
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