With previous owner's name stamp, otherwise a fine, unmarked hardcover copy in black cloth with white spine lettering, in a VG mylar protected DJ, white spine. This library edition reproduces with some revisions all 130 drawings of the limited first edition. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: The Táin Bó Cuailnge, centre-piece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland's nearest approach to a great epic. It tells the story of a giant cattle-raid, the invasion of Ulster by the armies of Medb and Ailill, queen and king of Connacht, and their allies, seeking to carry off the great Brown Bull of Cuailnge. The hero of the tale is Cúchulainn, the Hound of Ulster, who single-handedly resists the invasion, whils Ulster's warriors lie sick.
Thomas Kinsella's translation is the first attempt to present a `living version' of the story, complete and unbowdlerized. It is based on the partial texts in two medieval manuscripts, and includes a group of related stories which prepare for the action of the Táin. Illustrated with 31 brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy and three maps, this edition combines medieval epic with modern art.
About the Author:
Thomas Kinsella is a poet and translator. Among his publications are Blood and Family and From Centre City.
Title: The Tain, Translated By Thomas Kinsella, ...
Publisher: The Dolmen Press
Publication Date: 1985
Binding: Hard Cover
Illustrator: Louis Le Brocquy
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1985 Library Edition
Book Description Dublin Dolmen Press 1969, 1969. 1st ed. One of a limited edition of 1,750 copies. Very fine, original slip case. vii, 294 pp, 2 maps , 3 plates of the source MSS with Notes by the Artist, the Translator and the Publisher.The best modern translation of this most famous epic tale, found in manuscripts of the 11th to 14th centuries, but written essentially in 8th century Old Irish and reflecting the pagan culture of the iron age Celts. ISBN: SBN 19 647 5031. Bookseller Inventory # 1001