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New York: An Illustrated History, Burns, Ric; Sanders, James
1 Burns, Ric; Sanders, JamesNew York: An Illustrated History
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1999 0375709681 / 9780375709685 First Edition Soft Cover Fine 8.25" x 11" 
The companion to the PBS Series produced by Lisa Ades. Oversize, thick, heavy softcover. 575 pages. 500 illustrations in color and black & white [photographs, lithographs, paintings, prints]. Selected Bibliography. Index. ~ Book is clean, straight, tight, unmarked, with minute corner rubbing. ~~This book complements the twelve-hour film documentary which provides a sweeping and comprehensive 400-hundred-year history of New York City. From the Introduction: "The city of New York, unparalleled in its size, grandeur, and complexity, has engendered, over the course of its turbulent and spectacular history, a story that is nothing less than an urban epic--as richly peopled, as dramatically plotted, and as movingly profound as any great fiction . . . Founded at the dawn of the modern age, when Europeans first coursed out across the globe, New York was fated to become the ultimate city of dreaming and desire, a place of passage and transformation, of possibility and exchange, of mingled cultures and identities--the place where above all others people from around the world would come to shed tradition, change identities, realize ambition, make themselves new . . . No place would project itself more relentlessly into the future. No place would embody more powerfully the creative and the destructive forces of modern life. No place would embrace more completely the American experiment in capitalism and democracy--until in the end, the story of New York would be nothing less than the story of America itself rising." Please note: This is a large, heavy book, and an additional shipping fee will be required for orders outside of the U.S. 
Price: 38.00 USD
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Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power, Byock, Jesse L.
2 Byock, Jesse L.Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power
Berkeley Univ of California Press 1990 0520069544 / 9780520069541 Soft Cover Fine 8vo - over 7ž" - 9ž" 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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Viking Settlement to Medieval Dublin, Curriculum Development Unit; Stokes, Dermot (Ed.)
3 Curriculum Development Unit; Stokes, Dermot (Ed.)Viking Settlement to Medieval Dublin
Dublin O'Brien Educational 1978 0905140486 / 9780905140483 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Fine 10" Tall 
First printing. Burgundy binding with gold spine titling, illustrated endpapers. 104 pages. Black and white illustrations and maps. Glossary. Index. ~ Book is in clean, tight condition, with rubbing along bottom edges. Interior pages clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is fine, crisp, now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ In the mid-19th century, railway workers unexpectedly unearthed the largest Viking cemetery in Europe outside Scandinavia, leading to acheological excavation and the eventual realization that the Dublin area hosted the most important Viking town in Ireland, and that it was also one of the chief Viking colonies in Europe. A host of artifacts were uncovered: human skeletons and bones, workshop foundations, walls, wooden streets, scales, tools, pottery, and other domestic and cultural items, from which scholars have been able to extrapolate much about life durint this time. This book describes the the growth of Dublin and the way of life of the early inhabitants from 840 -1540: their work, crafts, beliefs, customs, and political organization and trade patterns. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Frozen Image: Scandinavian Photography, Friedman, Martin
4 Friedman, MartinThe Frozen Image: Scandinavian Photography
New York Abbeville Press 1982 0896593118 / 9780896593114 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 9.25" x 12.25" 
Blue cloth with silver spine titling and grey endpapers. 207 pages. Profuse color and duotone illustrations. Selected Bibliography. ~ Book is clean, tight, with no wear or markings on interior pages. Dust jacket is crisp and bright, no edge wear, with sunning to spine. Now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ This book is based upon a major exhibition of Scandinavian photography, shown in six U.S. cities and in one of each of the five Nordic countries, in celebration of contemporary Scandinavian culture. The images are organized thematically and chronologically, and feature Nordic landscape and portraiture, expeditionary and ethnographic photography from the many Arctic Circle explorations, and also illustrate Scandinavian photographic technique. The book also features eighteen essays by Nordic writers profiling key photographers; a "Sketch of Scandinavian History"; and a Chronology titled "1839-present: Scandinavian Political, Social and Cultural History." ~ "Mist-shrouded fjords, reindeer silhouetted against snow-covered plains, elegant latter-day Nordic goddesses--these are images that Scandinavia evokes and that highlight this rich collection of 19th- and 20th-century photographs by some 100 Nordic camera artists. . . . On the art of Nordic photography, this is the definitive volume." -dust jacket. A beautiful book. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Women in the Viking Age, Jesch, Judith
5 Jesch, JudithWomen in the Viking Age
Woodbridge, Suffolk, Great Britain Boydell Press 1991 0851152783 / 9780851152783 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 6.5" x 9.5" 
First printing. Brown binding. 239 pages. Black and white illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. ~ Book is fine, clean, with two tiny negligible rub marks, no interior marks or writing. There is a bookplate of Robert Kellogg (d. 2006), former professor and Dean of University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences, on the front pastedown. Kellogg was a scholar of early Icelandic/medieval literature, and this thus makes for a nice association. The dust jacket is also fine, crisp, with one tiny bit of wear at the back corner of the head of spine. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ "The first book-length study in English to investigate what women did in the Viking Age, both at home in Scandinavia and in the Viking colonies from Greenland to Russia." The author pieces together the fragmentary evidence gleaned from runic inscriptions, place names, personal names, art, Old Norse literature and mythology, and other sources, and creates a portrait of their daily life, work, activities, and dress, as well as how they were viewed by the men of the society. This study serves to complete the picture of Viking society, in that the familiar images of violent and ruthless male figures are now complemented by the images and contributions of their women. 
Price: 46.00 USD
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Travels in Iceland: Performed 1752-1757 By Order of His Danish Majesty, Olafsson, Eggert; Pálsson, Bjarn
6 Olafsson, Eggert; Pálsson, BjarnTravels in Iceland: Performed 1752-1757 By Order of His Danish Majesty
Reykjavík Bókaútgáfan Örn og Örlygur 1975 Revised English Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 9" x 11" Authors; Auguste Mayer 
In slipcase. Continuation of title: "Containing Observations on the manners and customs of the inhabitants, a description of the lakes, rivers, glaciers, hot-springs and volcanoes; of the various kinds of earths, stones, fossils and petrifactions; as well as of the animals, insects, fishes, etc." Translated from the Danish. Originally published in Danish in 2 volumes in 1772. First English edition published in 1805 by Richard Phillips, London. [Translator unknown; initials only: F.W.B.] This copy is the revised edition of the 1805 edition. ~ Brown leatherette with gilt spine titling and illustration on spine and front cover. Endpapers show maps of Iceland from 1772 edition. 186 pages. B & W copper engravings and color reproductions of authors' original sketches. Index. Matching brown slipcase with gilt titling and extensive gilt illustration. ~~ This volume is in beautiful, clean, unmarked condition. The spine unfortunately has a crack along a portion of the front joint, beginning and ending with a short horizontal tear. The crack does not go all the way through to the other side and thus does not affect the inner hinge which is still intact. Please see bookseller-supplied photos. Slipcase is fine. ~~ This travel expedition was occasioned by the Danish government as part of its program to foster the development of the Icelandic nation, at a time when there was little accurate knowledge about Iceland and its people. This book served to enlighten readers that "the Icelanders were people with a great cultural heritage, people who possessed magnificent literature, who had for centuries been engaged in a bitter struggle against hostile elements of nature and bad government, and who had often had to take extreme measures to keep themselves alive. 'Travels in Iceland' radically changed people's knowledge of, and attitude towards, the Iceland of that time . . . and turned a new leaf in Iceland's position in world opinion and really marks the beginning of scientific knowledge of Iceland. That above all, is its supreme value." --Introduction. In addition to the original illustrations, this edition is enhanced with 16 illustrations by Auguste Mayer from the travel book "Voyage en Islande et au Gröenland éxécuté pendants les années 1835 et 1836," by Paul Gaimard. 
Price: 80.00 USD
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Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials and Myths, Page, R. I.
7 Page, R. I.Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials and Myths
London British Museum Press 2000 0714128007 / 9780714128009 First Paperback Edition Soft Cover Fine 6.75" x 9.5" 
First published 1995. First published in paperback in 2000. 240 pages. Index. ~Book is clean, tight and fresh, pages unmarked. ~~ This book provides a portrait of the Vikings using samples from primary sources--runic inscriptions, skaldic verse, prose historical accounts, proverbs, etc., in order to portray them as they saw themselves. Through these quotations and translations a picture emerges of their social values, their settlements and way of life, law & order, the importance of heroism, hardships, travel & exploration, gods & goddesses, magic, etc. The author is a professor at the University of Cambridge. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Iceland: New World Outpost, Rothery, Agnes
8 Rothery, AgnesIceland: New World Outpost
New York Viking Press 1948 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 6" x 8.5" 
Green cloth with yellow cover and spine titling, map endpapers. 214 pages + page listing additional titles by author. Includes Chronological Outline of Icelandic History. Bibliography. Index. ~ Book is quite nice, clean, binding tight, interior pages unmarked. The only very minor flaws are a one minor stain on fore edge, and tape that was on the plastic cover protecting the dust jacket (tape was on the plastic cover ONLY) left partial brown outlines on the endpapers. A nice little map of Iceland has been carefully affixed to the dedication page at corners only, thus can be easily removed, and not here considered a flaw. Dust jacket is quite fresh due to having been covered in plastic; however, there is a little bit of rubbing/wear to head/tail of spine and a light triangular damp stain on bottom of each flap fold. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ Agnes Rothery was an author of novels and plays, but was best known for her many books of travel writing, especially for those on Scandinavia. She was decorated by the King of Denmark in recognition of her writing during the war. This book is the last title in her Scandinavian series. She discusses the beauty of the country's unique natural features--volcanoes, hot springs and geysers, glaciers, etc.--its cultural history, literature and art, the sagas, industry and farming, the political and economic climate at the time, and makes many other observations as well. "It is an accurate and perceptive account by a sympathetic and sensitive author-traveler . . . one of the most rational as well as delightful writers of travel prose . . . of a complex and fascinating country." A nice look at the Iceland of a half-century ago. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Two Runic Stones, From Greenland and Minnesota, Thalbitzer, William
9 Thalbitzer, WilliamTwo Runic Stones, From Greenland and Minnesota
Wash, D.C. Smithsonian Institution 1951 Wraps Very Good + 9 3/4" Tall 
Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Volume 116, No. 3, August 30, 1951. Publication 4021. Stapled booklet in brown paper wraps. 71 rough-cut pages. Black & white illustrations. 1 fold-out table. Bibliography. ~~ In clean, unmarked condition, with a single, short 1/2" clean tear on bottom edge of front wrap with no paper or color loss. A few pages have a paper clip impression at top edge, and a few pages have some very pale foxing splotches on the outer edge, not affecting text. This is minor. ~~ The Kensington rune stone was discovered in 1898, and bears an inscription that has been estimated to date back to about A.D. 1300, and tells of a voyage of discovery originating in Scandinavia. For decades the stone was the subject of controversy regarding its origins and authenticity. The present monograph was originally published in the Danish scholarly publication Danske Studier in 1946-47, after which it was translated into English and published in the current form. It provides a thorough analysis regarding the authenticity of the Kensington stone in Minnesota, using the Kingigtorssuaq stone in Greenland for comparison, and suggests that the inscription may indeed be authentic. In the years immediately following this, additional studies were produced which effectively declared the Kensington stone to be a fraud. Though most Scandinavian studies scholars now consider the stone not to be genuine, the controversy has never entirely ended, with additional reports published in recent years which declare the stone to be a true artifact. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Viking Age: Everyday Life During the Extraordinary Era of the Norsemen, Wolf, Kirsten
10 Wolf, KirstenViking Age: Everyday Life During the Extraordinary Era of the Norsemen
New York Sterling 2013 1454909064 / 9781454909064 Reprint Edition Hard Cover As New As New 8.5" Tall 
Originally published in 2004 by Greenwood Press under the title: Daily Life of the Vikings. This copy is the first printing of the 2013 reprint edition with the current title. Mauve binding with white spine titling. 252 pages. Color and black & white illustrations. Notes. Glossary. Further Reading. Index. ~~ Book is new and unread, in fine condition. Dust jacket is fine and crisp, now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ An accurate overview of Viking age life and civilization, written for the nonspecialist by a professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Discusses all aspects of the culture: domestic, economic, intellectual, material, political, recreational and religious. Includes a timeline and a bibliography for further reading. An attractive book. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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