Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Volsunga Saga

Magnússon, Eirikr & William Morris (transl.s), and Philip Webb (cover design), VOLSUNGA SAGA. THE STORY OF THE VOLSUNGS & NIBLUNGS WITH CERTAIN SONGS FROM THE ELDER EDDA. TRANSLATED FROM THE ICELANDIC (London: F.S. Ellis, 1870). First edition, 19.5 x 13cm (8vo), in publisher's dark green linen w/copper-gilt floral & fauna design by Webb to covers & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e. untrimmed, 275 [xx] pp., +4pp. publ. adverts to rear. One of 750 copies printed by Strangeways & Walden, London. Inscribed in pencil to verso of fr. ep.: "Mr. C. Skrine, Warleigh -79," & w/the bookseller's ticket of Kerby & Son, Oxford Street to fr. pastedown. Binding Very Good (lower fr. corner-tip bumped & other extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, & ep.s moderately foxed); contents Very Good (a few corners sl. curled). Slater 5, Vaughan 9, Ashley III 167, Ehrsam & Deily 179, Ball 89-90 & 98, Colbeck 8. (Inv. #909) C$500

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