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Fairy Tales, Folklore, Mythology

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Fairy Tales, Folklore, Mythology


East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Asbjørnsen, Peter Christen; Moe, Jørgen Engebretsen
1 Asbjørnsen, Peter Christen; Moe, Jørgen EngebretsenEast of the Sun and West of the Moon
Garden City, NY Garden City Publishing 1938 Hard Cover Very Good Good 6.5" x 9" Kay Nielsen (illustrations) and Victor Candell (jacket and Endpaper )design 
Undated; publication date circa 1938, due to dated gift inscription (see below). Black cloth with full-color paper illustration pasted on cover; green spine titling; illustrated endpapers, text block has green topstain. 204 pages. Color frontispiece and 7 addtional full-page color plates, and additional black and white illustrations throughout. Book is clean, binding intact, with rubbing wear on upper and lower edges of boards; topstain is spotted due to color rubbing off; a very light, sparse smattering foxing spots on fore-edge and bottom of text block. Gift inscription on front free endpaper: "Nancy James with love from Aunt Sara - Christmas 1938." Front pastedown has Nancy James's name and "1938" in pencil. Interior pages clean and unmarked. Dust jacket has light age soiling, has edge wear consisting of a few short tears, creases, rubbing, and tiny chipping at tail of spine and at flap folds, with old tape repairs on reverse side. The larger flaws are a long narrow chip (1/4" x 2") at top back edge of spine and a similar but much smaller chip at top of rear flap fold. Protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ The stories in this book were originally collected by Asbjørnsen and Moe and published as "Norske Folkeeventyr" (1843). Many of them were translated into English by Sir George Webbe Dasent and published as "Popular Tales from the Norse" in the later 1800s. This book has two translated tales not from Dasent: 'The Three Princesses in the Blue Mountain' is reprinted from publisher David Nutt, and 'Prince Lindworm' was newly translated for this volume. A lovely collection. 
Price: 190.00 USD
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I Tell of Greenland: An Edited Translation of the Sauðarkrokur Manuscripts, Berry, Francis
2 Berry, FrancisI Tell of Greenland: An Edited Translation of the Sauðarkrokur Manuscripts
London Routledge & Kegan Paul 1977 0710085915 / 9780710085917 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8.5" x 9.5" 
First printing. Dark green binding with gold spine titling. 205 pages. ~ Book is clean, tight, appears unread, with a wrinkle at upper edge near spine and another wrinkle at tail of spine. Dust jacket is near fine, crisp and bright, with light rubbing wear at head of spine and a single short closed tear at tail of spine. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ Berry (1915-2006) was a respected British poet, critic and professor of English at the University of London and the University of Sheffield, and he published a number of his own collections as well as numerous works of criticism. This book is an unusual one. It purports to be Berry's translation of manuscripts that he happened upon while boarding at a farmer's home in Reykjavik, these writings being the autobiography of an Ingolf Brandsson, "largely attested by saga, historical document and archaeological find," and which tells of "Ingolf's emigration from Iceland to Greenland as a child and of his lifetime's experiences in that country. These experiences include the conversion of Greenland to Christianity and his participation in the Norse expedition to Vinland, where he perhaps fathered the first child of white man to be born in America." This book is classified as historical fiction, due to the nature of such personally written history, much like the sagas themselves, being a confusing mix of story and history. But the question also arises: Where does the fiction in Berry's book begin and end? Did he really meet an individual who produced these documents for him to translate, or is his entire experience as relayed in this book a fiction? In any case, this piece is a fascinating piece of narrative Icelandic and Greenlandic history, laced with corroborated 'fact' from the sagas, and at the very least, a masterful work of historical fiction. The intrigue is continued in the appendix, where Berry provides a verbatim reproduction of a cryptic letter he received from an unidentified sender. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Swedish Folktales and Legends, Blecher, George; Blecher, Lone Thygesen (Eds.)
3 Blecher, George; Blecher, Lone Thygesen (Eds.)Swedish Folktales and Legends
New York Pantheon Books 1995 0679758410 / 9780679758419 Soft Cover Very Good + 6.25" x 9.25" 
A volume in the Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library series. Selected, translated, and edited by Lone and George Blecher. ~~ Large beige paperback with illustrated cover. Originally published in hardcover by Pantheon in 1994. 383 pages. Black-and-white illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. List of Illustrators. ~~ Book is clean, binding tight, with negligible edge wear and two small, light stains on fore edge. Front flyleaf bears a previous owner gift inscription. ~~ An ambitious collection of Swedish lore by two prize-winning translators of Swedish and Danish, preceded by an informative Introduction by Lone Blecher. Content is organized by subject: Animal Tales; Trolls, Giants, Ghosts, and Other Beings; True Dummies and Clever Folk; How to Win the Princess; Tales of Heroes and Heroines; Metamorphoses; Tales of Men and Women; Moral Tales; Parsons, the Good Lord, and the Evil One; Tall Tales, Superstitions, and Jingles. Notes provide informaton about informants, collectors and sources of tales, as well as the catalogue number from the Aarne-Thaompson "Types of the Folktale" catalogue. An excellent compilation, complemeted by numerous illustrations by various artists. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power, Byock, Jesse L.
4 Byock, Jesse L.Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power
Berkeley Univ of California Press 1990 0520069544 / 9780520069541 Soft Cover Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Third printing. 264 pages. Fine condition with slight wear at lower front corner. ~~Byock utilizes the early Icelandic sagas as important sources for analyzing the underlying structures and cultural codes of medieval Iceland's social order, and how this isolated and unique civilization developed and functioned. Valuable to historians and literary scholars. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer: A Twice-Told Tale, Cartwright, Thomas
5 Cartwright, ThomasSigurd the Dragon-Slayer: A Twice-Told Tale
New York E.P. Dutton & Co. 1907 Hard Cover Very Good+ No Jacket, as Issued 4.25" x 6.5" 
A title in Every Child's Library. Small volume in blue cloth with black and gilt titling and decoration and color paper illustration affixed to front cover; blue ribbon place-marker. 119 pages + glossary [1 pg]. Color frontispiece with tissue guard; 7 color plate illustrations; and numerous black and white illustrations throughout. ~ Book is clean with only minor rubbing at corners and one small abrasion on front cover. Paper is split between frontispiece and title page, but pages not loose and binding and webbing still intact and strong. ~~ This volume is one of six titles in the "Every Child's Library" series published in 1907-08 by William Heineman in London and E.P. Dutton in New York. The story is presented in two versions: the Viking hero as represented in Norse mythology and the Volsung Saga; and the more "modern" version as told by the Germans in poetic form as 'The Lay of the Nibelungs, Or, The Noble Life and Sad Ending of King Siegfried.' Though written for youth, this little book is equally entertaining for adults. Scarce. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Saga of Aun the Bow-Bender [Áns saga bogsveigis] : A Medieval Norse Tale, Larson, Willard
6 Larson, WillardThe Saga of Aun the Bow-Bender [Áns saga bogsveigis] : A Medieval Norse Tale
Baltimore, MD Gateway Press 1995 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 9.25" Tall 
Translated out of the Old Norse by the author. "Printed by friends of the museum in celebration of a 15th year of growth and progress of the Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle WA." Bright green buckram binding with black spine titling. Green, illustrated endpapers. 102 pages. Black and white frontispiece illustration of Thórir and Aun. ~ Book is in fine, clean condition, no wear, interior pages unmarked. Dust jacket is very good: bright and crisp, with small bits of rubbing wear at head/heel of spine and flap folds and a few small closed edge tears. Front panel has a gold sticker commemorating the Nordic Heritage Museum 15th anniversary, 1980-1995. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ The saga of Aun the Bow-bender is one of the Old Norse Legendary Sagas [Fornaldsögur], which take place before Iceland was colonized; it is one of four sagas that belong to the subset of the Lengendary Sagas called the Hrafnistumannasögur, which take place in northern Norway and all concern the personage Ketil Trout and his relatives. Written down about 1320 A.D., this saga tells of the heroic life of Aun, an independent farmer blessed with uncommon physical strength, who enters into a feud with King Ingjald. Many Icelanders trace their ancestry back to the men ofAun's extended family. For many years, the Legendary Sagas were overlookd as unimportant by Old Norse scholars, but in the last few decades they have become the subject of study. ~~This book represents the first translation of this saga into English. WorldCat shows only six copies owned by institutions worldwide. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Northern Lights: Following Folklore in North-Western Europe, Essays in Honour of Bo Almqvist, O Cathain, Seamas (Editor)
7 O Cathain, Seamas (Editor)Northern Lights: Following Folklore in North-Western Europe, Essays in Honour of Bo Almqvist
Dublin University College Dublin Press 2001 1900621630 / 9781900621632 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed By Honoree and contributing Authors
Blue paper over boards; dark blue endpapers. 377 pages. Black & white illustrations. Notes. Index. ~Book is clean, square, with minor wrinkling at head/tail of spine. Interior pages clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is bright, with some light wrinkling/curling/wear along upper edge and at tail of spine and rear flap fold. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ This festschrift honors Bo Almqvist (1931- ?) on his 70th birthday, with contributions by colleagues and former students. Almqvist is a Swedish expert in medieval Norse literature and international folklore, and he devoted much of his career exploring the interface between the Norse and Celtic peoples and folk traditions. The essays in this book demonstrate the links between Ireland and Scandinavia in folklore and literature, and highlight themes, motifs, and ways in which "the exchange of cultural goods and cross-fertilization of ideas resulted from the interplay between the Celtic and Nordic peoples of north-western Europe." A sampling of the 28 essays include (titles only): Dreams in Old Norse and Old Irish Literature ; Mist, Magicians and Murderous Children: International Migratory Legends Concerning the 'Black Death' in Iceland ; Note on the Wading Giant in Irish and Welsh ; The Original Name of the Viking Settlement at Limerick ; The Irish Hobby Horse and the Icelandic Horse Dance [by Seamas O Cathain*] ; Confrontational Ghost-Laying in England and Denmark; Fer in the North Contree: 'With His Whole Heart' Revisited [by Eilis Ni Dhuibhne-Almqvist*] ; The Wedding Dance and the Bridal House in Faeroese Fold Tradition. ~~ This copy is distinguished in that it bears Bo Almqvist's signature on the title page as well as that of Editor/Contributor Seamus O Cathain and Contributor Eilis Ni Dhuibhne-Almqvist. A special volume of original scholarship. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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From Asgard To Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths, O'Donoghue
8 O'DonoghueFrom Asgard To Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths
London I.B. Tauris 2007 1845113578 / 9781845113575 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8.5" x 9.5" 
Black binding with black endpapers. 224 pages. Black-and-white illustrations. --Book is near fine, with only slight rubbing at corners. No markings, interior pages fresh and clean. Dust jacket is near fine with a slight bit of rubbing wear at tops of spine and flap folds. In clear archival cover. ~~ An excellent treatise by an established expert on Old Norse culture. From the DJ: [This] is the first book to show how and why the Norse myths have so powerfully resonated from era to era: from the Viking-age stories of ice and fire to the epic poetry of Beowulf; from the twilight of the gods in Wagner's Götterdämmerung to Marvel Comics' Mighty Thor; and from Neil Gaiman's American Gods to the cult appeal of Viking Metal . . . [It] shows in what ways the Norse myths have impacted on the western mind, across the fields of literature, art, music and politics." 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Yo, Vikings!, Schachner, Judith Byron
9 Schachner, Judith ByronYo, Vikings!
New York Dutton Childrens Books 2002 0525468897 / 9780525468899 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Judith Byron Schachner 
Oversize, glossy pictorial hardcover with matching dust jacket. 30 pages. Color illustrations, many full page. Book is clean, in excellent condition save for a black remainder spot on the bottom of the text block. Dust jacket shows some wear at head of spine and tops of flap folds, and has a short closed tear at bottom edge of back panel and a smaller tear at heel of spine with a bit of color loss. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ Emma is a young girl with a vivid imagination. When she is assigned to write a school report on Erik the Red, she becomes fascinated with the lore of the Vikings and finally her wildest wish comes true when a Viking ship is delivered to her backyard. The stunning, full-color illustrations add to the magic of this story. The last page has an author's note with some background information about the Vikings with a list of books for further reading. This copy is signed on the title page by the author. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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