Copenhagen: Thiele, 1772. ,282pp. Small quarto. Original blue paper boards; rebacked with later paper, portion of original spine laid down. Minor wear and soiling to boards, corners heavily worn. Contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage, a few contemporary notations to text. Minor toning to text. Very good. In a cloth clamshell box, gilt leather label. Item #WRCAM47286
First edition of the heroic prose epic which is almost unquestionably the most eminent masterpiece of Icelandic literature. This beautifully printed edition was edited by Olafur Olafsson, compiled from several early manuscripts. Njals Saga, through its use of well- delineated characters, embodies some of the earliest concepts of Northern European law. "The scene in which Njal, the Lawman of judgment and peace, is burned in his homestead by his enemies is perhaps the most magnificent passage which has been preserved in the whole ancient literature of the North" (Gosse). The unknown writer of the Njals Saga "deserves a place of honor among the best narrative-writers who ever lived" - Gosse, EB. Relatively scarce, with only a handful of copies in OCLC. EB 11th, XXIII, pp.1000-1. FISKE I:420. GRAESSE VI, p.217.