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Ghosts of Greenland, Berry, Francis
1 Berry, FrancisGhosts of Greenland
London Routledge and Kegan Paul 1966 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7ż" - 9ż" tall Signed by Author
Grey papered boards with black titling. 84 pages. ~ Book is clean, binding tight, with very light sunning at edges. Dust jacket is price clipped, with light wear at top edge, a tiny chip at bottom of rear flap fold, Ż-inch closed tear at bottom front panel, spine sunned. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ Berry (1915-2006) was a respected British poet, critic and professor of English, and he published a number of his own collections as well as numerous works of criticism. This collection features a poem, commissioned as a radio play by the BBC in 1965, titled "Illnesses and Ghosts at the West Settlement," which deals with Erik the Red's colonization of Greenland in 986, and tells of real and documented events. Berry experiments with Anglo-Saxon rhythms in this piece, which is complemented by additional poetry about Greenland. ~~ This copy bears an inscription by Berry on the front free endpaper: "For Lionel and Gwendoline Butler, from Francis Berry (the radio play p. 4 ff)." An attractive, scarce signed copy. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Norseman: A Drama in Four Acts, Curtis, Elizabeth Alden Curtis
2 Curtis, Elizabeth Alden CurtisThe Norseman: A Drama in Four Acts
Portland, ME Mosher Press 1912 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ 5.75" x 7.75" Signed by Author
Blue papered boards, white paper label with red and black titling affixed to spine and upper front corner; cover label also has a decorative design. 96 rough-cut pages, blank pages at front and rear still attached at top. "Three hundred copies of this book printed on Van Gelder hand-made paper and the type distributed in the month of March MDCCCCXII." In quite nice condition, minor age soiling, hinges intact, small tears at head of spine, interior pages clean and unmarked, no foxing. ~~ This dramatic work is based on a passage in the Frithiof Saga (circa 1300), one of the Norse Legendary sagas which depict events that took place in the 8th century, before the colonization of Iceland. The Frithiof Saga tells the story of Frithiof and Ingeborg the Fair, daughter of King Bele, and of the obstacles facing Frithiof as he tried to win her hand in marriage. Though the saga takes place in Norway, Curtis chose to set her play in Iceland. This saga also follows the form of the Poetic Edda, and Curtis provides instruction on the proper use of recitative music in order to emphasize, and not interfere with, the dialogue. ~~ This copy is inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Ever Sincerely yours, Elizabeth Curtis Brenton - April 1912." At the time publication, Curtis (writer, translator, poet) was married to Rev. Cranston Brenton, which explains her signature in the inscription. Interesting (and horribly), shortly after this play appeared, Curtis's life took an ugly turn. Involuntarily institutionalized in an insane asylum by her husband with the help of two physicians, she was forced to sign a document admitting infidelity to secure her release, which her husband then used to obtain a divorce. Curtis became remarried to Frederick Ernest Holman, and filed suit against her husband, winning the case in 1914. It is thus interesting to note that so soon before her institutionalization, she employs her husband's last name in her signature, even though his last name is not included in her authorial name. This is a very nice copy of this uncommon piece of theater, even scarcer with an inscription. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Structure of Old Norse DrˇttkvŠtt Poetry, Gade, Kari Ellen
3 Gade, Kari EllenThe Structure of Old Norse DrˇttkvŠtt Poetry
Ithaca, NY Cornell Univ. Press 1995 0801430232 / 9780801430237 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good - 8vo - over 7ż" - 9ż" tall Signed by Author
Islandica XLIX. Blue cloth. 290 pages. Notes. Selected bibliography. Index. ~Book is clean, binding tight, pages clean, one page only has three small pen notations. Dust jacket is rubbed at edges of spine and flap folds and has wear/chipping at head/tail of spine and at flap folds. ~~The drˇttvŠtt was a form of Old Norse skaldic poetry composed to glorify a chieftain's deeds or to lament his death. The author explores the structural peculiarities of ninth- and tenth-century drˇttvŠtt poetry and suggests a solution to the mystery of the origins of the drˇttvŠtt and its eventual demise in the fourteenth century. The Islandica Series published by Cornell University, of which this is a volume, is noted for its distinguished scholarship in Icelandic studies. Gade is the chair of Germanic Studies at Indiana University. Interestingly, in addition to her notable academic career, Gade was one of a small group of individuals responsible for the hoax revolving around the discovery of the alleged "AVM runestone" in Minnesota. In 1985, while graduate students at the University of Minnesota, they carved the initials "AVN" on a stone as a lark to see if people would believe it was genuine and that Vikings had traveled that far inland. When the stone was discovered in 2001 and plans were being made to perform tests on the stone, Gade and another professor came forward to announce that it was a fake. Even serious students like to have fun. ~~ This copy is inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For XXXX with best wishes for the future--Kari." 
Price: 95.00 USD
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