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The Absent One, Adler-Olsen, Jussi
1 Adler-Olsen, JussiThe Absent One
New York Dutton 2012 0525952896 / 9780525952893 First U.S. Edition Soft Cover Near Fine Advance Uncorrected Proof 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Translated by K.E. Semmel. Originally published in English in the UK in 2012 under the title "Disgrace." Illustrated wraps. 403 pages. ~ In very nearly fine condition, with very slight rubbing at head/tail of spine. ~~ Another gripping thriller by the Glass Key Award-winning author and Denmark's #1 crime writer. ~ This is the second title in Adler-Olsen's 'Department Q' series featuring "flawed but brilliant" Copenhagen detective Carl Mørck, who has been demoted to the investigation of cold cases in Department Q, consisting only of him and his sidekick Assad. In this installment, a third team member, Rose, also flawed, joins them to investigate the brutal murder of a brother and sister twenty years earlier. Though a suspect confessed and is serving time, Carl realizes there is more to the story, involving a mysterious and evasive woman living on the streets, who is guarding some dark secrets. Adler-Olsen has been called the Danish equivalent to Nordic noir writers Steig Larssen and Jo Nesbo, and is being hailed as one of the top international suspense writers. ~ This Advance Reader Copy has the publisher promotional materials laid in. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Keeper of Lost Causes, Adler-Olsen, Jussi
2 Adler-Olsen, JussiThe Keeper of Lost Causes
New York Dutton/Penguin 2011 0525952489 / 9780525952480 First U.S. Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First printing. Translated from the Danish by Lisa Hartman. Black spine and ivory boards with gold spine titling. 395 pages. ~Book is clean, tight, appears unread, no wear, unmarked inside and out. Dust jacket is fine, clean, crisp, no wear, and protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ An exquisitely suspenseful thriller by the Glass Key Award-winning author and Denmark's #1 crime writer. Published in the UK under the title "Mercy" (2011) and translated by Lisa Hartman, a pen name of Tiina Nunnally, who has received acclaim for her masterful translations of Danish, Norwegian and Swedish literature and who is credited with the revival of Sigrid Undset's classic trilogy "Kristin Lavransdatter" because of her superior translation. ~ This international bestseller is the first title in Adler-Olsen's 'Department Q' series featuring Copenhagen detective Carl Mørck, who after a troubling incident has been demoted to the investigation of cold cases in the one-man Department Q. He comes across a case of a female politician missing for five years and assumed dead. But Mørck thinks differently, and the reader is drawn into the harrowing parallel stories of the suffering woman and Mørck's search, which thrills and surprises to the very end. A must for Scandinavian crime fans. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Nordic Mind: Current Trends in Scandinavian Literary Criticism, Andersen, Frank Egholm; Weinstock, John (Eds.)
3 Andersen, Frank Egholm; Weinstock, John (Eds.)The Nordic Mind: Current Trends in Scandinavian Literary Criticism
Lanham, MD University Press of America 1986 0819156922 / 9780819156921 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Green paperback. 392 pages. Notes & bibliographic references. ~ Book is clean, tight, no edge wear. Approximately 15 pages in one article in the Norwegian literature section, each have corner creases and a few lines of underlining and/or brackets and an occasional note. Remaining text is unmarked. ~~ Because the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) have a fine body of literature and literary criticism that is available only in their respective native languages, the editors have compiled of "some of the finest criticism produced in the five countries over the past two decades," translated in to English for this book. There is an introductory article for each country as well as three to six articles of literary criticism. Following are five sample article titles, one for each country. DENMARK: "Karen Blixen's Place in Modern European Literature." FINLAND: "The Roots of the Finnish War Novel." ICELAND: "A Critical Review of Jakobina Sigurdardottir's 'The Living Water'." NORWAY: "The Attack That Changed To a Defense: Femininity, Love and the Nuclear Family in Sigrid Undset's 'Jenny'." SWEDEN: "The Shortcuts of Thought: On Strindberg's Anthropology." This book was produced with grant funds from the Nordic Cultural Foundation. 
Price: 27.00 USD
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Myths, Legends, and Heros: Essays on Old Norse and Old English Literature, Anlezark, Daniel (Ed.)
4 Anlezark, Daniel (Ed.)Myths, Legends, and Heros: Essays on Old Norse and Old English Literature
Toronto University of Toronto Press 2011 0802099475 / 9780802099471 First Edition Hard Cover As New As New 6.25" x 9.5" 
First printing. Black textured binding with silver spine titling, gray endpapers. 272 pages. Bibliography. Index. ~Book is fine and unread in a fine dust jacket, now in a clear archival cover. ~~ A collection of quality critical essays from top-rank specialist-scholars of Old-Norse-Icelandic and Old English literature, which "explore the translation and transmission of Norse myth, the use of literature in society and authorial self-reflection, the place of myth in the expression of family relationships and recurrent motifs in Northern literature. The essays . . . include an examination of the theme of sibling rivalry, an analysis of Christ's unusual ride into hell as found in both Old Norse and Old English, a discussion of Beowulf's swimming prowess, and an analysis of the poetry in Snorri Sturluson's 'Edda'." Book sections: TRANSFORMING PAGANISM (3 essays); USING POETRY (3 essays); LITERARY HISTORIES (2 essays); MOTIFS AND THEMES (4 essays). Includes an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Asbjørnsen, Peter Christen; Moe, Jørgen Engebretsen
5 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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Ghosts of Greenland, Berry, Francis
6 Berry, FrancisGhosts of Greenland
London Routledge and Kegan Paul 1966 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" 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, ½-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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I Tell of Greenland: An Edited Translation of the Sauðarkrokur Manuscripts, Berry, Francis
7 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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Stories By Foreign Authors: Scandinavian, Björnstjerne, Björnson, et al.
8 Björnstjerne, Björnson, et al.Stories By Foreign Authors: Scandinavian
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1901 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 4.5" x 6.75" 
Copyright 1989; this is a 1901 printing. Small volume in green cloth and gilt spine titling. 179 pages. Black & white frontispiece portrait of Björnstjerne with tissue guard. ~ Book has minor rubbing along edges and corners with two color-lightened spots on front cover. A spattering of small stains (not foxing) on fore-edge of text block, and a few very light foxing spots on front endpapers. Remaining interior pages are clean and unmarked. Book is now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ A compilation of six stories by five authors: Björnson Björnstjerne, Juhani Aho, Meïr Goldschmidt, Alexander Kielland, and Frederika Bremer. Björnstjerne (1832-1910) was a Norwegian writer and the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate, and considered one of the Four Great Norwegian writers. He is also famous for writing the lyrics to the Norwegian national anthem. This book contains two of his stories: "The Father" and "The Railroad and the Churchyard." ~~ Aho (1861-1921) was a Finnish novelist and short story writer. Included is his most famous story, "When Father Brought Home the Lamp," about the effect of innovation and technology on people living in the countryside. ~~ Goldschmidt (1819-1897) was a Danish author and innovative journalist whose work often reflected his Jewish background. His story is titled "The Flying Mail." ~~ Kielland (1849-1906) was another of the Four Greats in Norwegian literature and was known for his realism. His story is titled "Two Friends." ~~ Bremer (1801-1865) was a Swedish writer and feminist. Her story is titled "Hopes." 
Price: 11.00 USD
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Swedish Folktales and Legends, Blecher, George; Blecher, Lone Thygesen (Eds.)
9 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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The Saga of Viga Glum, Boucher, Alan
10 Boucher, AlanThe Saga of Viga Glum
Reykjavík Iceland Review 1986 Soft Cover Near Fine 6" x 8.25" 
A title in the Iceland Review Saga Series. Edition not stated. Blue paperback with illustration on cover. 95 pages. Book is in near fine condition with a slight bend in the front cover and light creasing at lower front corner. Interior pages clean and unmarked. ~~ The Iceland Review Saga Series offers representative samples from the best of the Icelandic saga literature, with the aim of providing accurate and readable translations as well as scholarly and critical information for study. ~ The Saga of Viga-Glum ("killer-Glum") is the story of a ruthless chieftain in north Iceland and his conflict with those who challenged him. "The events of the story take place against a background of heathen beliefs and traditions and the laws of the ancient commonwealth that lasted in Iceland for three hundred years. The straightforward, rapid action of the Saga and vivid characterization of its chief protagonist make this one of the most readable of the shorter Sagas of Icelanders." --Foreword. Copies of titles in this desirable series are somewhat scarce. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman, Brown, Nancy Marie
11 Brown, Nancy MarieThe Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman
Orlando Harcourt 2007 015101440X / 9780151014408 First Edition Hard Cover As New As New 9.25" Tall 
First printing. Brown spine and mustard boards. 306 pages. 1 map. Notes. Sources. Index. ~ Book is clean, tight, with no wear and unread. Dust jacket is also fine, crisp. Protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ This is a compelling and well-researched account of the voyage of the 11th-century Viking woman named Gudrid Thorbjarnardottír from Greenland to North America, accompanied by her husband and three Viking crews. They were searching for the New World, previously discovered by Eirik the Red some 500 years before Columbus's voyage. The story of Gudrid emanates from the Old Norse Vinland sagas: "The Saga of Eirik the Red" and "The Saga of the Greenlanders," and archeological evidence supports the details in these sagas of discovery. The travelers arrived in Vinland and lived there for three years, and Gudrid bore a child there. Brown's fascinating narrative combines the story of the life of this extraordinary woman as told by the sagas with a description of the process of uncovering the evidence and the remains of the settlement in L'Anse aux Meadows. ~~ Laid into this copy are four pages of publisher press release/promotional material. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer: A Twice-Told Tale, Cartwright, Thomas
12 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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Viking Settlement to Medieval Dublin, Curriculum Development Unit; Stokes, Dermot (Ed.)
13 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 Norseman: A Drama in Four Acts, Curtis, Elizabeth Alden Curtis
14 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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Misterioso, Dahl, Arne
15 Dahl, ArneMisterioso
New York Pantheon Books 2011 0375425357 / 9780375425356 First American Edition Wraps Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
"Uncorrected bound galleys." Translated from the Swedish by Tiina Nunnally. Red paper wraps. 340 numbered pages. First page is a glossy proof sample of the cover. ~ Fine condition, tight, clean, appears unread. Interior pages unmarked. ~~ Originally published in Swedish in 1999, Misterioso is the first in what is now known as the Intercrime series, which includes ten titles in Swedish. This novel is Arne Dahl's (pen name of Jan Arnald) English translation debut, and apparently planned as the first of three to be published by Pantheon, since it is heralded on the back cover as "the first novel in the gripping Intercrime trilogy." In this novel we meet Stockholm detective Paul Hjelm, who becomes a part of an unusual collective of Swedish detectives who have joined forces to combat international crime. Dahl has garnered praise both for this original premise, which reflects Sweden's contemporary problems as a small country dealing with a globalized world, and for what he himself describes as an attempt at "high" literature: "a richly varied style, a nuanced set of characters, a certain intellectual level of comprehension, and, not least, a sense of humour that is quite unique - while still being a true thriller: hardboiled, exciting, surprising, and loaded with action" (author's website). Dahl is the only Scandinavian crime author ever to win both the German Crime Writing Award (2005) and the Danish Crime Writing Award (2004). Dahl is a Scandinavian author to watch. At the time of listing, this is the only uncorrected proof copy available for sale. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America, Dregni, Eric
16 Dregni, EricVikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America
Minneapolis Univ of Minnesota Press 2011 0816667438 / 9780816667437 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 9.25" Tall 
First printing. Red binding. 289 pages. Profuse black & white illustrations. Notes. Index. ~ Book is clean, tight, unmarked, appears unread, with very minor bump to front top corner. Dust jacket is very nearly fine, with minor crinkling and one quite small and barely discernible rubbed spot at the top of the front flap fold. Protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Dregni shares his experiences of growing up in the Midwest with his Norwegian and Swedish grandparents and how he slowly realized that foods, activities and traditions that he accepted as commonplace were actually unique to the Scandinavian enclave in which he lived. He describes these elements and the history of Scandinavian-American life with humor and affection. Chapters: The Immigrants Arrive ; Food ; We Are the Vikings ; Notable Nordics ; Politics, Scandinavian Style ; Points of Pride ; Uniquely Scandinavian ; Scandinavian Sanctuaries ; Festivals. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Syntax Of Old Norse: With a Survey of the Inflectional Morphology and A Complete Bibliography, Faarlund, Jan Terje
17 Faarlund, Jan TerjeThe Syntax Of Old Norse: With a Survey of the Inflectional Morphology and A Complete Bibliography
New York Oxford Univ. Press 2004 0199271100 / 9780199271108 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 6.5" x 9.5" 
First printing. Black binding with gold spine titling. 300 pages. Includes Bibliography of Old Norse Syntax. Subject index. Word Index. ~ Book appears unread, interior pages unmarked, sole flaw is a small tear at head of spine. Dust jacket is crisp, sole flaw is two small puncture marks at head of spine. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ From jacket flap: "This is the first account of Old Norse for a hundred years and the first ever in a non-Scandinavian language. It presents a full analysis of Old Norse syntax and succinct description of its phonology and morphology." Supported by numerous prose examples taken from Norwegian and Icelandic manuscript editions. Author is a distinguished professor of Scandinavian linguistics. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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FACE: Investigations of a Dog, Works from Five European Art Foundations, Foundation of Arts for a Contemporary Europe
18 Foundation of Arts for a Contemporary EuropeFACE: Investigations of a Dog, Works from Five European Art Foundations
Zurich JRP/Ringier 2010 303764172X / 9783037641729 Softcover As New 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
Small softcover with illustrated covers. 159 pages. Color illustrations. Book is as new, with original shrink wrap, opened to examine book. ~ FACE (Foundation of Arts for a Contemporary Europe) is a European not-for-profit group for the arts formed in 2008 and established by five private non-profit art foundations in five different countries, with the aim of promoting contemporary art through a wider international platform, and with a special focus on supporting the production and exhibition of new works by both emerging and more established artists. The five partner foundations are DESTE Foundation (Athens, Greece); Ellipse Foundation, (Cascais, Portugal); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin, Italy); La Maison rouge - Fondation Antoine de Galbert (Paris, France); and Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall (Sweden). ~ This publication represents the group's first initiative: a two-year traveling art exhibition that draws its name from the short story by Franz Kafka and presents 40 artworks from their collections. Contained in the book are two-page "biographies" of each of the five foundations; information about the exhibition and its different venues; and pictures of the exhibition artworks with explanatory descriptions. Also included within are five short stories by current, prize-winning writers and authors that echo the exhibition's theme, specially commissioned for this publication and translated into English. The writers are by Aristide Antonas (Greece), Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Sweden), Rui Cardoso Martins (Portugal), Emmanuelle Pagano (France), and Tiziano Scarpa (Italy). Short bios are provided for each. This small book holds an astonishing serving of contemporary art and original writing. A collector's piece. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Frozen Image: Scandinavian Photography, Friedman, Martin
19 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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The Structure of Old Norse Dróttkvætt Poetry, Gade, Kari Ellen
20 Gade, Kari EllenThe Structure of Old Norse Dróttkvætt Poetry
Ithaca, NY Cornell Univ. Press 1995 0801430232 / 9780801430237 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good - 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" 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 dróttvætt 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 dróttvætt poetry and suggests a solution to the mystery of the origins of the dróttvætt 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." 
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