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The Gods of the North: An Epic Poem

Oehlenschlaeger, Adam; Frye, William Edward (Translation from The Danish) [Oehlenschlager]

Published by William Pickering - Stassin and Xavier, London - Paris, 1845
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First English language edition. Translated from the original Danish into English verse. 1845 date at title page and introduction. Dedicated by permission to H. M. the King of Denmark. Large, 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" design. Marbled boards in various hues of brown, dark brown, pebbled leather spine wrap and at four board corners. Gilt embossed spine titles between four gilt accented, raised bands. Pages generally very good; some fox to first few pages. Dk. brown speckled page edges, all sides. Bind solid. Near very good, finely crafted, antiquarian hardback w/leather spine and cover corners. Arranged in thirty cantos, this epic poem is a lyrical tale of the ancient Nordic gods. Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger (14 November 1779 - 20 January 1850) was a Danish poet and playwright. He introduced romanticism into Danish literature. No Danish writer before 1870 has exercised so wide an influence as Oehlenschläger. His great work was to awaken in the breasts of his countrymen an enthusiasm for the poetry and religion of their ancestors, and this he performed to so complete an extent that his name remains synonymous with Scandinavian romance. In 1829 he was publicly crowned with laurel as the "king of Nordic poetry" and the "Scandinavian King of Song" (by Bishop Esaias Tegnér, who would be his Swedish parallel) in the cathedral of Lund, Sweden, based on a vast production of poetry, theatre plays and prose. He was inspired by many including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gottlieb Fichte, and Friedrich von Schelling. Includes contents of the cantos, a glossary of Norse gods, a preface by W. E. Frye, the letter of gratitude by Frye to the King of Denmark, and a twenty-one page Notes and Elucidations section. Frye also published translations from German and Swedish, as well as translating from Danish to French and German to Italian. Small binder label inside frt. board: Creed & Benford, Bookbinds, Elwood Block, Rochester. Printed by J. Smith, 14 Ter, Rue Fontaine-au-Roi, Paris. LXXX + 372 [1 pp.] pages. Insured post. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 018317

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Title: The Gods of the North: An Epic Poem

Publisher: William Pickering - Stassin and Xavier, London - Paris

Publication Date: 1845

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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