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Northern Arcadia: Foreign Travelers in Scandinavia, 1765-1815, Barton, H. Arnold
1 Barton, H. ArnoldNorthern Arcadia: Foreign Travelers in Scandinavia, 1765-1815
Carbondale Southern Illinois Univ Press 1998 080932203x / 9780809322039 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First printing. White cloth with metallic green spine titling. Frontispiece map of Scandinavia 1765-1815. B&W illustrations. Notes. Select Bibliography. Index. Book is very nice with a very small tear in cloth at head of spine, a bit of wrinkling at heel of spine, and a black remainder line on bottom of text block. Dust jacket is also very nice with wrinkling and a miniscule tear at heel of spine, and minor wrinkling at top edge with a 1/4" tear at head of spine. ~~ A comparative study of the accounts of foreign visitors, both celebrated and obscure, to the Nordic lands during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Author is the first scholar to examine as a whole the travel literature dealing with Denmark, Schleswig-Holstein, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. In archival cover. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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The Saga of Viga Glum, Boucher, Alan
2 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
3 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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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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Viking Settlement to Medieval Dublin, Curriculum Development Unit; Stokes, Dermot (Ed.)
5 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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McSweeney's Issue 40 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern), Eggers, Dave (editor)
6 Eggers, Dave (editor)McSweeney's Issue 40 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern)
San Francisco, CA McSweeney's Publishing 2012 1936365359 / 9781936365357 First Edition Hardcover/softcover As New No Jacket, as Issued 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Two volumes: one hardcover, one softcover. 183 & 202 pages, respectively. The hardcover volume is titled "In My Home There Is No More Sorrow: Ten Days in Rwanda," by Rick Bass, the award-winning environmental activist and writer. He and his wife and daughter went to Rwanda upon the invitation of a colleague, partly to help teach a writer's workshop at the National University of Rwanda, partly to tour the country to see the mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park and partly to experience the country and its history. McSweeney's calls this piece an "extraordinary account . . . the most ambitious nonfiction piece McSweeney's has ever run, and without a doubt one of the best essays of the year." Includes eight pages of color photographs. ~ The softcover volume contains stories by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, David Vann, Kevin Moffett, Etgar Keret, Jason Jägel (which appears as a smaller softcover bound into the larger volume), Neil Gaiman, Nathan C. Martin, and Adam Levine. In addition, a special feature of this volume is a collection of writings titled "I Am Going Down on January 25: Writings From the Egyptian Revolution," and collected by Noor Elashi and Daniel Gumbiner (introduction by Noori Elashi). Thirteen Egyptian writers are represented. Black & white illustrations. Another fine issue of writing and art from this creative literary journal. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Fury of the Northmen: Saints, Shrines and Sea-Raiders in the Viking Age, Marsden, John
7 Marsden, JohnThe Fury of the Northmen: Saints, Shrines and Sea-Raiders in the Viking Age
New York St. Martins Press 1995 0312130805 / 9780312130800 First U.S. Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 5.75" x 8.5" 
First printing of the U.S. Edition, May 1995. Grey binding. 194 pages. 4 B&W maps; 8 color plates. Chronology. Bibliography. Index. ~ Book is tight, clean, unmarked and appears unread. Dust jacket has light wear at head/tail of spine and at flap folds; front panel has closed tear at top edge and another at bottom edge near fold with accompanying crease; corner crease on front flap fold. $24.95 price present. In a clear archival cover. ~~ The raid of the island of Lindisfarne off the coast of the kingdom of Northumbria (present-day northern England and Scotland), in the year A.D. 793, marked the birth of the Viking Age which lasted about three centuries. This book discusses the nearly hundred years, from 793 - 878, during which the Norse sea-raiders expanded their raids down the coasts of Britain and Ireland. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials and Myths, Page, R. I.
8 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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The Norse Discoveries and Explorations in America, Reman, Edward
9 Reman, EdwardThe Norse Discoveries and Explorations in America
Berkeley, CA Univ. Of California Press 1949 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 5.75" x 8.75" 
First printing. Beige cloth with illustration of Viking ship on front cover. 201 pages. Map. Index. ~ Book is clean, tight, straight, with no wear, and interior pages unmarked. Dust jacket is nearly fine, with no edge wear, with mild toning to spine and a small red pen mark at bottom of front panel. Now in a clear archival cover.~~ This book presents in the first two chapters the 'Greenland' and 'Icelandic' versions of the Norse sagas relating to three Northmen voyages to America: those of Gunnbjorn Ulfsson, Eirik the Red, and Bjarni Herjulfsson, and a discussion of these voyages. The following chapters discuss the expeditions of Leif Eiriksson, Thorvald Eiriksson, and Thorfinn Karlsefni. This is an important period work which represents the current scholarship of the time. 
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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