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[Old English Epic Poem]; Leonard, William Ellery (Verse Translation); Kent, Rockwell (Artist)
New York: Random House [Pynson Printers], 1932. Kent, Rockwell. Limited Edition. No. 272 of 950 copies, folio size, 152 pp., with thumbprint of Rockwell Kent. Believed to the the earliest European vernacular epic poem, "Beowulf", although composed likely in the early 8th century CE, came to us today through a single manuscript dated ca. 1000 and was not put into print until 1815. However, the story continues to capture the minds and imaginations of generation after generation, with its themes of heroes, monsters, royal houses, and the ultimate death of Beowulf. Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was an American painter and illustrator who bridged the artistic gap between Victorian and Modern art; highly regarded, he is perhaps best known today for his illustrations, particularly in books such as "Moby Dick" (published in 1930) and this work, which contains eight original lithographs. Kent exhibits an amazing ability to wring sheer emotion from his art, and this work displays his genius when it was at its height. The book design was by Kent, with outstanding printing by the Pynson Printers, printed on heavy paper, the text in two columns, with large decorative initial capitals in red and blue. ___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full grey linen (black and white threads alternating) with white lettering stamped on the front and spine, image of the head of a helmeted warrior stamped on the front in white, fore-edge uncut, title page in red with one of the eight lithographs by Kent, each section opens with a prologue in red, the text with a large decorative initial designed by Kent in blue and red … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Swan's Fine Books, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA [United States]
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