Copenhagen: Godiche, 1775. ,xxxii,318,pp. plus two folding plates. Illustrations in text. Quarto. Original drab paper boards, printed paper label. Spine cracked and chipped. Minor foxing to first and last few leaves. Most of second half of text unopened; untrimmed. Just about very good. Item #WRCAM47287
A scholarly edition of Gunnlaugi's Saga, "A love story of great sentimental charm" (EB). Written in Icelandic and Latin, the work is extensively annotated and includes a copious dictionary. The folding plates are of a meeting house and banquet hall from the period 1000 A.D., when the Sagas were actually recited. The Icelandic Sagas hold the seed for all early Norse literature and history and are one of the great sources for Western literature, influencing such works as the Arthurian legends and the operas of Wagner. The editor has contributed extensive footnotes, sometimes longer than the text itself, and the appendix includes several genealogies. BRUNET V, p.28. FISKE I:211. GRAESSE VI, p.216. EB XXIII, p.1001.