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George Webbe Dasent
Dasent (1861) 'The Story of Burnt Njal', UK inscribed first edition, Icelandic
George Webbe Dasent (translator) (1861) 'The Story of Burnt Njal - or Life in Iceland at the End of the Tenth Century', UK first edition, first printing, published in two volumes by Edmonston and Douglas: Edinburgh. Inscribed by Dasent on the half-title page of the first volume: "with all good wishes from the translator. January 11th 1867". Provenance: we have examined the ink and compared Dasent's handwriting to existing letters and can confirm that this has been inscribed by the translator indeed. Condition: a very good plus set of the first translation of this Icelandic saga into the English language. There is some rubbing and shelf wear to the boards, but as seen on our images the boards are very nice with the gilding still vibrant. Many sets on the market have been rebound, but this is the original binding. Slight foxing to some plates and first pages commensurate with age. Internally clean with no inscriptions, no scribbles, no bookplates nor stamps by previous owners. Nice page block edges with only a few ageing spots. All plates, drawings and maps at the back are present. One of the maps has a short tear as shown. In summary, a very well preserved set of a seminal translation which is over 150 years old. We have never seen an inscribed set come to the market. The Burnt Njal saga was written at the peak of the Icelandic saga tradition in the 13th century and is the longest of the Icelandic Sagas. The original Icelandic author is unknown although there has been a fair amount of speculation. The saga describes events between 960 and 1020 and is based on historical even … [Click Below for Full Description]
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