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Frithiof's saga.

Tegn?r, Esaias.

Published by Pr. for the Limited Editions Club by the Royal Printing House, Stockholm, 1953
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One of the most beloved of all works in Swedish literature, Tegn?r's Frithiof's Saga is an epic poem consisting of 24 cantos or ballads, each describing an event in the legendary hunter's life. The text of this edition was compiled by John T. Winterich from four English verse translations by William Lewery Blackley, Lucius Sherman, Thomas and Martha Holcomb, and, of all people, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In 1837, 12 years after the epic's original publication, Longfellow wrote a paper for the North American Review synopsizing each canto, interspersing selected lines of translation in English. => Longfellow's synopses, along with his contribution to the translation of Frithiof's Saga (225 lines in all), are happily here incorporated complete into one volume for the first time. Bayard Taylor wrote the general introduction. The book is profusely illustrated with pen drawings by Eric Palmquist, who has signed the colophon; of these, some are full-page, and some are spread across two pages with the text printed beneath. Most are smaller in-text drawings, including an extensive series of decorative tailpieces. This edition was prepared under the supervision of Ragnar Svanstr?m at the Royal Printing House in Stockholm, Sweden, and is limited to 1500 copies. Designer Karl-Erik Forsberg used a hand-set Berling Roman font which he himself designed; Forsberg also drew uncial letters, printed in red ink, for use on the title-page and for the canto-opening initials. The binding is half natural Swedish linen stamped on the spine in red and black; the sides are covered with Swedish paper hand-grained to look like wood, and bear a small gold-stamped design of a warship, the Norse drakkar. This is numbered copy 972 of 1500 printed, => signed by the illustrator. The relevant Club newsletter is laid in. Binding: Quarter tan Swedish linen with streaked red paper?covered sides, front cover with gilt-stamped Viking ship, spine with decorative title in black and red, in the original matching slipcase with printed paper spine label. 8vo. 248, [4] pp.; illus. Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 232. Binding as above, spine slightly sunned, slipcase with moderate shelfwear to edges and one edge opening. => A solid, attractive copy of a handsome book. Bookseller Inventory # 29946

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Title: Frithiof's saga.

Publisher: Pr. for the Limited Editions Club by the Royal Printing House, Stockholm

Publication Date: 1953

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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